Following in the footsteps of Ian Dowling and Alan Quinlan, Barry Murphy has become the latest Munster player to hang up his boots and retire.
The 28 year olds career has been plagued with injuries throughout his professional career, his most recent problem with a metatarsal prompting Murphy to turn his back on the professional game.
Murphy was a member of the Munster side that won the Heineken cup in 2006 having made his breakthrough starting line-up the season before 2005 and he went on to make 71 appearances in the red jersey.
Murphy also won four caps for Ireland playing against Argentina twice, the USA and Canada and also scored a try against the All Blacks on their 2008 tour, the only try they conceded on their tour.
Speaking to the Munster website, Murphy was upbeat about his retirement “People say to me I’ve been unlucky and while I appreciate what they mean I don’t see it that way. “The past 7/8 years have been a wonderful time in my life, 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.”