Ireland and Munster hooker Damien Varley retires
ESPN Staff
February 17, 2015
Damien Varley has retired from rugby © Getty Images

Ireland and Munster hooker Damian Varley has retired due to injury.

Varley, who has three caps, picked up the foot injury in a training session in July 2013 but did manage to make an appearance against Leinster in October. However, ongoing symptoms restricted his ability to train and play and following more surgery, he has been advised to retire.

"It is with great sadness that I have to announce my premature retirement," Varley said. "Like so many before me I will look back at my time in Munster with immense pride and fondness, not only for the sport, but for the people that I have played with, worked with and the friendships I have made.

"I am privileged to have represented my province and country and I am hugely thankful for all the memories, and for the support I have received throughout my career. Finally, I would like to thank my family, in particular my parents Jim and Mary and my brothers and sisters for their unwavering support over the years, they have been a constant source of encouragement and guidance. I would also like to mention Pat Chesser who opened the door for me first day when introducing me to London Wasps."

Munster head coach Anthony Foley said, "Damien's contribution to the squad was so much more than his rugby skill-set. He was a highly regarded and talented individual, and always led by example with his attitude, professionalism and work ethic on and off the field.

"We know it has been a long road for him with this injury and although we are losing a player of his calibre we recognise all that he has done for the province and we wish him every success for the future."

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