Varley forced to call it quits

Munster and Ireland hooker Damien Varley has today confirmed that he is to retire from rugby due to injury.

Varley (right) has been forced to retire from the game due to a left foot injury he sustained at a training session in July 2013.

Following ongoing rehabilitation the hooker made his one and only appearance of the season as a replacement against Leinster in October.

But ongoing persistent symptoms restricted his ability to train and play further, and he required surgery later that month.

In rehabbing the injury for the next three months, exhausting all possibilities, Varley met with the surgeon in January for a consultation and the Clare-man was advised to retire from rugby on medical grounds.

The 31-year-old has three caps for Ireland and made 121 appearances for the province, scoring 12 tries.