Leo Cullen hails "unique" Reddan in the wake of his retirement

The Leinster head coach paid tribute to his "immense" character in a statement this evening

Leo Cullen, Eoin Reddan

Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Leo Cullen has paid tribute to Eoin Reddan in the wake of his retirement, branding his achievements with both Leinster and Ireland as "unique" and hailing his "immense" charachter.

Reddan announced his retirement this afternoon, thanking those he had worked and played with over a 15-year career.

Reacting to the news, Cullen shared his memories with Reddan and wish him the best in his retirement.

"Since joining from Wasps for the 2009/10 season, Eoin has been a key figure for Leinster Rugby," he told the club's official website.

"His contribution over the years to the success of the team both on-field, and off-field in his role with the leadership group, has been immense and he leaves a lasting impression on all those that were lucky enough to work with him on a daily basis.
 
"In his time with us he has represented the club and his country with distinction including captaining both Leinster and Ireland.

 

Leo Cullen and Eoin Reddan before a game against Scarlets in 2012. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan 

"But what he achieved over his whole career representing four clubs and the trophies he won with Wasps, Leinster and Ireland is unique. He was a brilliant athlete and he achieved a huge amount at the very highest level. Hopefully he can finish on a high this weekend which would be a great way to end it all.

"Eoin will definitely be missed but also the wider Reddan family and his dad Don in particular who rarely missed a Leinster away trip and was always a huge supporter of Eoin and of this team.  

"We wish Eoin well in the next chapter of his life and thank him sincerely for his contribution to Leinster."

The pair were on opposing side during their career at Leinster and Munster and then against at Leicester and Wasps, before the pair moved back to Leinster for the latter stages of their careers.