Resilient Varley typified what Munster is all about
it was very tough to hear about Damien Varley being forced to retire from rugby, but the longer he wasn't coming back the more you worried for him.
I don't know the intricacies of the injury but anything to do with your foot can be complex. A foot or toe injury can sound innocuous, but can be very debilitating.
After coming through the Garryowen academy, Damien made a smart move by going to play with Wasps. Playing for a professional club really brought on his game and returning was a big positive for him and Munster.
Once he joined Munster, he became a key player and a strong character for the province. He typified the Munster spirit, added hugely to the team; was a brilliant ball carrier, and on the ground as a poacher, it was like having an extra No 7 in the team.
Munster have been missing his services for the last year or so, but he can look back on a great career too, albeit prematurely ended at the age of 31.
Moving forward he has a few business interests that will keep him occupied, maybe even a bit of music practice, and even failing all that, at least he'll be a great recruit for the annual golf trip.