Darragh Hurley has become the latest Munster Rugby player to retire from the game.
The 26 year-old suffered a back injury in October and, despite surgery, he has been unable to shake it off. He has joined Denis Leamy, Jerry Flannery and David Wallace to retire due to injury this season.
The Kinsale native, came up through the UCC and Cork Con set ups as well as the Munster academy. He won caps for Ireland at schools and Under 21 and played 36 times for Munster. His first season in the Red Army‘s colors was 2005-’06; a season he finished by being part of the Munster squad that lifted the Heineken Cup.
In February 2008 he was the starting loose-head for Ireland A in the game against Scotland at McDiarmid Park. The early promise was hampered by injury and it has ended up with him now being forced to quit the game.
Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald was clearly disappointed when discussing the news: ”It is really disappointing to see a young player of such promise have to make this decision. Darragh worked extremely hard to try and overcome his injury difficulties but unfortunately for him and for Munster Rugby, medical advice decided the outcome. He was an extremely popular and talented squad member who we wish all the very best to in whatever career he chooses to pursue.”