Damien Varley has today confirmed that he is to retire from rugby due to injury. http://t.co/RkUl0qkX5t pic.twitter.com/Mq724FMptY
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) February 17, 2015
Damien Varley Retires
Damien Varley has announced his retirement from rugby due to an ongoing left foot injury which happened during training in July, 2013.
The Garryowen hooker made 121 appearances for Munster, scoring 12 tries while also appearing for Ireland three times. Varley had the honour of captaining his home province in last year's Heineken Cup semi final defeat to eventual winners Toulon.
The 31-year-old had this to say regarding the news.
It is with great sadness that I have to announce my premature retirement. Like so many before me I will look back at my time in Munster with immense pride and fondness, not only for the sport, but for the people that I have played with, worked with and the friendships I have made.
I am privileged to have represented my province and country and I am hugely thankful for all the memories, and for the support I have received throughout my career.
The possibility of the retirement has been rumoured for quite a while. Anthony Foley's side were recently linked with Argentine hooker Agustin Creevy as a possible replacement
Varley is the latest in a long line of injury-enforced retirements after Denis Leamy, Jerry Flannery, Ian Dowling and Barry Murphy all had to call it quits from various injuries.