Leinster Rugby have confirmed that centre Eoin O'Malley has retired from rugby with immediate effect.
O'Malley, who is just 25, was struggling with a knee injury during the 2012-13 campaign and following consultations with experts from Ireland and America, he has called time on his career. He has played a key role in Leinster's recent success both in the RaboDirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup and while he did not win a Test cap for Ireland, he did play three times for the Wolfhounds.
O'Malley said: "It is obviously an incredibly tough reality that I am still trying to come to terms with. After exhausting all options I am devastated to be retiring from the game. But I am so fortunate to have such a great support base.
"People often refer to modern day sport as a ruthless and cut-throat environment but Leinster have without a doubt gone above and beyond in all aspects, doing everything they could in attempting to help me with my recovery."