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'I wasn't able to lie on the stretcher because it was too painful. Those kind of memories never really leave you'

School of hard knocks - Part Two: Jonny Holland (Munster)

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Injury forced Jonny Holland to retire shortly after playing for Munster in their 2016 PRO12 clash against Leinster. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Injury forced Jonny Holland to retire shortly after playing for Munster in their 2016 PRO12 clash against Leinster. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Injury forced Jonny Holland to retire shortly after playing for Munster in their 2016 PRO12 clash against Leinster. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Four years on, Jonny Holland still finds it difficult to get his head around the fact that within the space of five short months, he went from starting for Munster against Leinster at a packed Aviva Stadium to being forced into early retirement.

It was no way for a 25-year-old to bow out, let alone one who had stayed patient long enough to finally feel like he belonged at the top level.


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