Tuesday 21 November 2017

Munster say goodbye to departing stars with tribute videos on Youtube

Niall Ronan, Munster. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE
Niall Ronan, Munster. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE

Munster rugby has paid tribute to some of their departing stars with videos of their best moments in a red shirt.

Ian Nagle

The 25-year-old Cork native turned down an offer to remain with the province to pursue other options.

The big second row spent the end of last season out on loan with the Newcastle Falcons.

Nagle has made two appearances for the Irish Wolfhounds, and was part of Ireland's training squad for the 2012 Six Nations Championship.

He played in the Munster side that won the 2011-12 British and Irish Cup.

Niall Ronan

The back row has been a Munster stalwart for years.

Despite having a slimmer frame, Ronan never pulled out of a tackle and was tenacious at the breakdown.

The 31-year-old has been forced to retire due to a knee injury he picked up last October.

Ronan joined Munster in the 2007-08 season, making his debut against the USA and had played a key role in the province’s success since then.

Ronan intends to return home to Drogheda and set up a business there in the area of injury and rehabilitation, a subject he had been studying while playing with Munster.

James Downey

A player who never really fulfilled his promise with Munster, Downey flourished during his playing days at Franklin's Gardens with Northampton.

He was told last month that he was surplus to requirements and is currently looking for a new club with reports suggesting he could move to France.

Downey's form for Northampton saw him earn a place in the Ireland A team for the 2009 Churchill Cup.

He came off the bench in the opening fixture on 10 June 2009 against Canada, before starting against Georgia on 14 June.

Downey had to settle for an appearance off the bench again as Ireland A beat England Saxons 22–49 to win the 2009 Churchill Cup Final.

Downey was added to the senior Ireland squad to tour North America on 2 June 2013.[15] He made his senior debut for Ireland on 15 June 2013, starting against Canada.

Casey Laulala

The Samoa-born All Black leaves Munster to join Jonny Sexton at French giants Racing Metro.

He played 51 times for the province scoring four tries and became a fan favourite at Thomond Park with his evasive running and creativity.

Laulala was named in the 2013-14 Pro 12 Team of the Season this month.

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