Injuries force Murphy to call time on career
There was sad news for Munster yesterday with the announcement of Barry Murphy's decision to retire from the professional game after a catalogue of injuries, writes Hugh Farrelly.
The 28-year-old's abilities as a quality centre were never allowed to flourish due his constant battles with injury and the latest metatarsal problem forced him to call it a day.
Murphy won four caps for Ireland between 2007 and '09 but his career highlight is probably the magnificent solo try he scored from 55 metres in Munster's Heineken Cup win over Sale during the province's march to Heineken Cup glory in 2005/06.
"People say to me I've been unlucky and while I appreciate what they mean, I don't see it that way," said Murphy.
"The past seven or eight years have been a wonderful time, playing with Munster. I've made loads of friends here in this squad, enjoyed some great times and I wouldn't trade a moment of it."