Munster and Ireland flanker David Wallace has announced his retirement from a professional rugby career that spanned 15 years.
Having suffered a devastating knee injury from a massive hit by England’s Manu Tuilagi in a pre-season friendly at the end of August which cost him his place at last autumn’s Rugby World Cup, Wallace has suffered medical issues since.
The Garryowen man made his Ireland debut against the US Eagles back in 2000 and went on to win 72 caps; winning two Triple Crwons and the Grand Slam back in 2009.
He was twice a Lion (2005 and ’09) and his inclusion in those tours meant that his family were the first to produce three brothers who were capped as Lions.
He was also named in the ERC European Dream Team – (Best XV of European club competitions covering 1995 – 2010).
He played 203 times for Munster, the last time being against Ulster in the Heineken Cup quarter final in early April having debuted for the southern province back in 1997 against Connacht at the Sportsground.
He made his European debut in September 1998, played in all nine Munster games in the run to the 2000 final where he scored the only try of the game, won a runner-up medal in 2002 and winners medals in 2006 and 2008.
Speaking of his retirement, Wallace stated: ”Although it’s disappointing that injury is forcing me to retire now, I take great comfort that I’ve had an unbelieveably enjoyable career and I feel very lucky to have been involved in an era that has seen Munster and Ireland enjoy so much success.
“I’d like to thank anyone who has helped me and had faith in me during my 15 year professional career including family, teammates, coaches, medics, friends and not least supporters. I will now take a step away from rugby, explore business interests and spend more time with my wife and two boys.”