Paul O’Connell’s international rugby career came to a premature end this week.
The Ireland captain tore his hamstring during Sunday’s World Cup victory over France and will undergo surgery in the coming days.
The 35-year Toulon-bound lock was to retire from international duty after the World Cup in England but his departure has been enforced earlier than planned by the injury.
England 2015 was O’Connell’s fourth World Cup campaign with Ireland.
He began his international career in 2002 and had been a key figure for the team ever since.
An injury-plagued Ireland will continue their bid for a first World Cup title with a last eight tie against Argentina on Sunday.