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Varley ready to cut ties with rugby

Daragh Small

Published 08/05/2015 | 02:30

Damien Varley said he is ready to step away from rugby following his retirement earlier this year
Damien Varley said he is ready to step away from rugby following his retirement earlier this year

Former Munster and Ireland international hooker Damien Varley says he will try and step away from rugby completely after his retirement from the game earlier this year.

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The 31-year old announced that he would be leaving the game in February after 121 appearances for the province, where he has scored 12 tries as well as winning three caps for Ireland in the process.

He underwent surgery towards the end of last year on an injury to his left foot which he picked up in July 2013.

Since then, and before he announced his retirement, he had made just one appearance as a replacement, in the win over Leinster at the Aviva Stadium last October.

And now the former Garryowen clubman is looking to step back from the game and hone his skills in another industry.

"I think I will step away from rugby completely now," said Varley at the Munster Rugby Awards dinner.

"I want to invest my time into getting good at something in another industry and taking to that the way I had to take to rugby.

"It's very important to plan the best you can and making sure that you have all the resources behind you that you need.

"I think there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to make sure they build their own nest for post-rugby.

"I have seen retirements in the past number of years since I became a professional and you always have it in your mind that you will plan the best way you can so that when that happens you will be able to go into something fairly quickly."

Irish Independent

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