Darragh Fanning to leave Leinster at the end of March

29-year-old winger to be released so he can concentrate on pursuits away from rugby

Leinster winger Darragh Fanning is to be released from his contract with the province at the end of the month.

The 29 year-old, who scored seven tries in 34 appearances for Leo Cullen’s side, is leaving to concentrate on pursuits outside of rugby.

On the back’s departure Cullen said: “Darragh has made a significant contribution during his time here with Leinster and obviously his contribution to the PRO12 win in 2014 and in helping us reach a Champions Cup semi-final last season will not be forgotten.

“Darragh came from St Mary’s on trial as a 27 year old and has grabbed that chance with both hands. He has though found an interest outside of rugby that he wishes to now pursue with all his energy and we respect those wishes.”

Meanwhile Fanning, who made his provincial debut in September 2013, said: “This wasn’t an easy decision to walk away from a sport and a job that I love but I think the timing is right and I want to give everything I have to the next chapter in my life.

“Running out at the RDS in front of the home support is something that I will miss hugely and I am not walking away from it lightly. The Leinster supporters have always been very good to me and I will look back with great memories on a great two and a half years playing for them.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Leinster Rugby for their support over the last number of years and for their understanding over the last few weeks as I came to a decision. But I am very excited about what’s in store and I can’t wait to get started.”