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D'Arcy plans four more years

by Michelle Fortune , 02 May 2012

Gordon D'Arcy will only call it a day when he is told he is too old to continue playing for Leinster and Ireland.


D’Arcy, who has already won 68 caps for Ireland and almost 200 for Leinster, has enjoyed a return to form of late and he wasted little time in putting pen to paper on a new two-year deal that will see him remain in Ireland until 2014. Although happy with the latest deal, he is already looking at the possibility of extending that by a further 24 months.

"I would love to be in the position to play for another two years in two years' time," the 32-year-old declared.

"I will absolutely reluctantly give up my chance to play for this province. I will have to be literally told: "You have no contract. You are too old. Retire!" Until that day I will keep playing.

"I think I have a huge amount to offer and that is reflected in Leinster’s belief in me by offering a two-year contract. In a year-and-a-half’s time hopefully I will be sitting down talking to the media telling them I will be hanging around for another year or two."

D'Arcy is one of 18 players to have committed their immediate futures to Leinster and he admits he did not consider for one moment the possibility of leaving Ireland to play his rugby elsewhere.

"It was done very quickly. "How do you leave one of the best teams, if not the best team, in Europe to go somewhere else? It is a step down.

"I have been in this team since I was 15, with the U16s in Leinster. I was born in Wexford, I’m part of this province in some way, shape or form since I was born.

"One of the things people forget if it is a privilege to be rugby players and it would be remiss of me not to do this to the best of my ability for as long as possible.

"Everybody I meet who has retired keeps saying: "keep going, keep going, keep going until you stop enjoying it. I swear to God I absolutely love it, there’s a smile on my face every day."

D'Arcy proved his worth to Leinster on Sunday as he made the tackle that ultimately prevented Wesley Fofana from grounded the ball - a score that would have ended the Blues chances of reaching the Heineken Cup final - but the Ireland centre believes luck played its part in the incident.

"I did everything I could, and then I got 10 percent luck," he is quoted as saying in The Sun. "Anbody who wins a major championship or a big match will tell you that you need to get a rub of the green somewhere along the way."

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