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Sad to see 'beast' Ferris call time


Stephen Ferris in action for Ulster

Stephen Ferris in action for Ulster

Stephen Ferris in action for Ulster

It was with great sadness that we learned that Stephen Ferris, Ulster's human wrecking ball, was calling time on his career yesterday, two months shy of his 29th birthday.

First capped against the Pacific Islanders in 2006, Ferris managed a mere 35 caps for Ireland. The ravages of injury were to blame, but despite it all, every tackle that Ferris made, up to his final cameo for Ulster after a long lay-off this past spring, were made like they were his last.

Ferris was a guest of a show we did at the Guinness Storehouse the afternoon after his Ulster return in March. He was in great form, and sounded optimistic that he might play on for another few seasons, but ultimately his freakish body would not cooperate.

Ferris was a beast during Ireland's Grand Slam win in 2009 and no one will forget him railroading Will Genia back 10 yards off a scrum during the 2011 World Cup (let alone the Aussie scrum-half!).

Thanks for the memories, Stevie.


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