18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
Stephen Ferris, Jonathan Sexton and Cian Healy, who all starred during the Rugby World Cup, are also in the mix along with Rory Best who has been one of Ireland's most consistent performers this past season - playing in 15 of their 17 Test matches.
There is also a nod for Donnacha Ryan, who started and finished Ireland's last five games of the campaign and proved a very able deputy for Paul O'Connell in the second row.
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