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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hayes career to end with a whimper

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

JOHN HAYES' glittering career looks set to end as it has been largely carried out -- without fuss.

Tony McGahan yesterday re-iterated that he has no intention of offering the 37-year-old 105-cap international an extension to his contract that expires after the World Cup, which means that 'the Bull' will provide cover for BJ Botha before stepping aside ahead of the domestic season's main business.

The Australian is left in a difficult situation, given that contracts don't normally expire mid-season, and it appears that the Cappaghmore man will end a distinguished career with a whimper.

"We certainly won't be extending his contract," McGahan said. "John will need to keep fit, because he's certainly a live replacement option for the World Cup. We'll give him time off this week and look to immerse him back into the programme next week."

Asked if this is a strange way for a loyal servant to end his days, McGahan replied: "Look, I suppose that's not for me to answer. He's a contracted Irish Rugby Union player and certainly there was an opportunity 12 months ago for him to finish his career at the World Cup.

"Unfortunately it hasn't worked out that way and we're left with this situation, but time and history will judge John kindly in what he has given to Munster rugby and also Irish rugby over a long period.

"I don't think the last two or three minutes of his career will have any reflection on that."

Irish Independent

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