Tuesday 20 March 2018

Munster eye up Ulster flanker as Felix Jones forced to retire

Felix Jones, Ireland
Felix Jones, Ireland
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Munster's season has been dealt yet another significant blow with the news that Felix Jones has been forced to retire due to a neck injury.

The Ireland full-back suffered his latest blow against Glasgow Warriors four weeks ago and was advised to hang up his boots by doctors. He is the latest high-profile player to retire prematurely on medical grounds this year following fellow internationals Declan Fitzpatrick and Kevin McLaughlin.

Anthony Foley has moved to recruit Argentina's Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino on a short-term contract, while the Irish Independent understands former Ulster flanker Sean Doyle is on the way as cover for Peter O'Mahony and Tommy O'Donnell, who will miss most of the season.

With Stephen Archer also on the long-term injury list as he underwent neck surgery last week, the coach is dealing with a depleted hand ahead of tomorrow's derby against Ulster and the upcoming Champions Cup.

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However, the focus yesterday was on Jones' retirement as a slew of his Ireland team-mates took to social media to hail the full-back's leadership ability and professionalism.

The Dubliner came through the Leinster academy but moved to Munster where he established himself as first-choice No 15 despite a string of serious injuries.

Irish Independent

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