`Fogarty quits Reds to join French club
MUNSTER hooker Denis Fogarty is set to bid farewell to the province tomorrow after confirming that he has signed for French Pro Division 2 side Aurillac.
The 28-year-old Cashel native turned down a contract extension from his home province, but has opted for a move to link up with former Ireland and Lions second-row Jeremy Davidson who coaches his new side.
Fogarty has been a Munster player for eight years and was an unused substitute for the 2006 Heineken Cup win. He also won a Churchill Cup with Ireland 'A' in 2009, but has never won a full cap unlike his brother John, who retired from rugby last year.
"You dont leave a squad like Munster without giving it a great deal of thought," he said. "Its been a huge part of my life and I've really enjoyed my time here. I've learnt a lot and made lifelong friends who I will miss.
"The opportunity was there for me to remain, but I feel the time is right for me to look for a new challenge. I'm grateful to Jeremy Davidson for providing me with that challenge and its one I'm looking forward to."
His last appearance in red is likely to come in tomorrow's British and Irish Cup final against Cross Keys at Musgrave Park where he is named as a replacement.
Coach Ian Cusack has left one spot open in his team in an attempt to give Luke O'Dea as much time as possible to get fit for the clash. Stephen Archer starts for the province, while Dave O'Callaghan starts ahead of Barry O'Mahony on the flank.
Munster -- S Scanlon; AN Other, D Barnes, I Dineen, D Hurley; S Deasy, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, S Henry, S Archer; B Hayes, I Nagle; B Holland (capt), D O'Callaghan, P Butler. Reps: D Fogarty, J Ryan, B O'Mahony, B O'Hara, G Hurley, D Cusack, JJ Hanrahan.