Munster mourn loss of Darbyshire

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Updated: June 21, 2011

Munster are mourning the loss Paul Darbyshire, their head of strength and conditioning, who passed away peacefully on Monday.

41 year old Darbyshire was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease last September and despite a brave and inspiring battle succumbed to the illness in the early hours of Monday morning.

Darbyshire made his name in Rugby league where spent 18 year with Warrington making 106 appearances and scoring 60 points. He remained when the club after his retirement serving as assistant manager where he worked under 4 different head coaches.

He joined Irish rugby union side Munster in June 2007 as head of strength and conditioning.

News of his death was revealed to Munster players and management in Thomond Park as they assembled for stage 2 of the Munster Rugby fundraising cycle. The cycle began yesterday with the opening leg from Cork to Limerick and was attended by his wife Lyndsay.

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