Wednesday 21 August 2019

Munster winger O'Mahony retires

O'Mahony:
O'Mahony: "I’m heartbroken to be finishing my career earlier that I had expected." Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Munster winger Ronan O'Mahony has been forced to retire due to injury.

The 29-year-old broke his leg and dislocated his ankle when playing against Treviso in 2017 and has been advised to hang up his boots on medical grounds.

"I'm heartbroken to be finishing my career earlier that I had expected. The last two years have been pretty tough since initially breaking my leg, and ultimately the injury has made it impossible for me to continue," he said.

Meanwhile, Toulouse out-half Zack Holmes has been cleared to face Leinster in next weekend's Champions Cup semi-final.

Holmes was sent off in his side's win over Racing 92 for a dangerous tackle, which had put his participation in the Aviva Stadium showdown in doubt.

However, the EPCR independent disciplinary committee upheld the red card decision and deemed the offence to have been at the low end of the scale - therefore handing down a two-week ban, which was reduced to one.

Elsewhere, Tom Daly, Stephen Fitzgerald and Angus Lloyd have all penned full-time deals with Connacht having been brought in as short-term signings. Daly has featured in the western province's midfield since joining on loan from Leinster, while winger Fitzgerald has impressed on loan from Munster and scrum-half Lloyd did enough covering Caolin Blade and Kieran Marmion to earn a contract.

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