Munster and former Irish flanker Alan Quinlan to retire

Alan Quinlan

Alan Quinlan has enjoyed a successful career with Munster

Munster and former Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old won 27 Irish caps and was a key part of Munster's Heineken Cup-winning campaigns in 2006 and 2008.

Quinlan played more than 200 games for Munster since making his debut in 1996.

"Alan's longevity in what is a highly-attritional profession is a tribute to his dedication, application and durability," said Munster coach Tony McGahan.

He added: "Alan Quinlan has been an integral part of the success of Munster Rugby for the past 15 years.

"His decision to call it a day at the end of this season of course evokes a sense of poignancy for all of us who have worked with him but it's balanced by the knowledge that he can look back on a great career with pride at what he's achieved."

Quinlan was selected for the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, but then missed out after receiving a 12-week ban for gouging during a Heineken semi-final against Leinster in Dublin.