When Devin Toner announced his retirement plans last month, and that this would be his final season playing for Leinster, he was blown away by the kind messages he received.

He does not know yet when his final game for the province after 17 years will be, or indeed whether it has been but yesterday he was probably completing his final commercial deal on behalf of the club when promoting a new offer from Just Eat.

The Official Delivery Partner of Leinster Rugby paired three players with three of Dublin’s most popular restaurants, Mao at Home, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Base Wood Fired Pizza to create three signature dishes, which are now available to order on Just Eat.

The dish with the most orders before May 11th will be crowned the winner, with customers who #BringItHome by showing their support and placing their order during this period in with a chance to win a €1,000 Just Eat voucher and Leinster Rugby season tickets.

Toner is pictured above in the kitchens of Mao but his future away from the game lies elsewhere.

He spoke in his retirement statement and again yesterday of his desire to give back time to his wife and two small children, the eldest of whom will be starting school this September.

Aside from possibly helping out as a Dad coach if he or his young sister takes to the game at Lansdowne RFC, he does not envisage a career in coaching.

“I’m looking forward to getting weekends back and having time to ourselves,” he said. “When you are a coach you are working harder. You have to be at every game and that’s not for me at the moment.”

The young lads that are coming through now all have their education sorted but it took me seven or eight years during my career to get a degree in sports management.”

“Now I’ve been back doing QFA courses and I’ll be starting in a new role in financial services in September.”

That is a path trodden by Gordon D’Arcy and Luke Fitzgerald before who have also combined it with media careers but Toner does not see that for himself.

“I’ve done a bit of analysis around the Six Nations but I’m not sure that’s for me and I don’t really see that as a big part of my future.”

 

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