Sunday 24 September 2017

Double Heineken winner O'Connor hangs up boots

Former Irish international Johnny O'Connor has retired.

The 33-year old, who twice won the Heineken Cup with Wasps and also picked up two Premiership titles, said he felt the time was right to quit after 14 years as a pro.

The Galway native had to deal with a multitude of injuries during his career which saw him win a dozen caps, make 145 appearances for Connacht and 74 during his four years with Wasps.

He was the IRUPA Players' Player of the Year in 2005 and the following season the flanker helped Ireland win the triple crown.

"My body is telling me it's 'my time' now and I am happy with the decision I've come to. I've enjoyed my career massively and am grateful to all who have supported me over the years," said O'Connor.

O'Connor, a qualified strength and conditioning coach, hopes to stay involved in the game. He is currently dealing with an ankle injury and may not play for Connacht again.

Irish Independent

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