Friday 26 May 2017

Forgarty forced to retire

Former Munster hooker Denis Fogarty has retired from the sport through injury. Photo: Getty Images
Former Munster hooker Denis Fogarty has retired from the sport through injury. Photo: Getty Images

John Fallon

Former Munster hooker Denis Fogarty is latest player to retire from the game through injury.

The 32-year old, a Heineken Cup winner with Munster in 2006, has been told to retire after suffering a recurrence of a shoulder injury.

Fogarty, younger brother of Leinster scrum coach John, who was also forced to retire through injury, has been playing in France for the past four seasons. But he has seen little action this season after moving from Agen to Aix-en-Provence and has now being told to retire immediately as he may have to have a prosthetic shoulder inserted.

"I've had two operations in the last year. It came at me initially in 2007 and I had an operation then and everything was fine and played on and continued with my career.

"The last season in Agen, in March last year, I was playing for them and a scrum collapsed and it came out again, my shoulder came out again. It burst through the repairs which were done in 2007.

"And it has just never got right since then. I have a huge amount of arthritis, all my tendons and everything are not very good in it and the surgeon said he has seen shoulders like this in 70-year old men.

"And when he went into it recently, the surgeon said it would come at me again in about five or six years and I would end up needing a prosthetic shoulder.

"I went to him again last week in Aix-en-Provence and he told me it just wasn't going to get better... from a professional rugby aspect I was finished, it was a simple as that."

Irish Independent

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