Leicester Tigers captain Geordan Murphy has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the season and join the club's coaching staff.
The 35-year-old, who won 72 caps for Ireland, made his final appearance at Welford Road in last weekend's Aviva Premiership win over London Irish.
"I knew myself last week before the London Irish game that it was probably the last time I'd lead the team out at Welford Road," the Kildare native, who joined Leicester in 1997, told Sky Sports.
"It really was emotional; I was choking up as I ran onto the field. Sixteen years is a long time to be doing something, especially in the sporting world.
"I've been lucky with the successes I've had and the guys that I've played with. I have a lot of fond memories."
Murphy made 322 appearances for Leicester, scoring a club record 93 tries and winning seven Premiership titles and two Heineken Cups.
He had considered a part-time playing role for next season but that was ruled out due to budgetary constraints.
He said: "With the way my knee is at the minute I didn't have the confidence to sign on as a full-time player next year.
"I was contemplating playing part-time but with the way the budgets are the club, there was no just no room in the salary cap.
"The club then approached me and asked me to join the coaching staff. I thought it was the right time to go.
"I've been very lucky that the club have been loyal and offered me a chance to stay involved."
Murphy could yet sign off with an eighth Premiership crown. Leicester face Harlequins at Welford Road in Saturday's semi-final, with the victors meeting either Saracens or Northampton at Twickenham on 25 May.