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Munster stalwart Billy Holland announces his retirement


Billy Holland has announced he is to retire from rugby. 

The 35-year old will end his playing involvement with Munster at the end of this season.

Holland is the province's second most capped player, making his 241st appearance in Friday night's win away to Cardiff Blues in the Guinness PRO14.

Only Donnacha O'Callaghan has played more games for Munster.

"I have always been determined to finish my career whilst still playing well and adding value to the jersey each time I get to put it on," Holland said.

“To be in a position to call time on such a fantastic experience, on my own terms, is one I am extremely grateful for.

“I believe the time is right for me, my family and for Munster Rugby to hang up my boots.

“I don’t want to reflect too much on the incredible journey just yet, as right now my focus is on performing to the best of my ability every time I’m handed that cherished red shirt.

"I am excited to help Munster continue to move forward and achieve our potential for the rest of the season."

Holland has been named in a handful of Ireland squads, but won his solitary senior cap in 2016's autumn victory over Canada.

 

Head coach Johann van Graan said, "I only just said it recently, Billy will go down as a Munster legend in the history of the club, and rightly so.

“We all know the incredible character he is and how hard he works behind the scenes, always getting the job done.

“He has given his all to the jersey and all I can do is thank him for his service and commitment to Munster Rugby.

“We won’t dwell on it too much now, as ever the professional, Billy still has a job to do, helping to lead an ambitious group at this time.”

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