Ireland and Munster forward Denis Leamy quits game

Denis Leamy

Ireland and Munster back-row forward Denis Leamy has retired because of a hip injury.

The 30-year-old, who was capped 57 times by Ireland, made just seven appearances for Munster this season.

Leamy won the Heineken Cup twice with Munster and was a member of Ireland's 2009 Gram Slam winning side.

"I find it hard to put into words how much it has meant to me to play for Munster and Ireland - it was a dream come true," said Leamy.

"I was very lucky to play with some of the greatest players ever to wear the jerseys and feel blessed that I was part of winning teams.

"I've had a great career, wish it had gone on a little longer but I'd like to thank all the coaches, players, medical staff and management who have helped me over the past decade.

"It's been a great honour to be involved with such an outstanding group of people.

"I'd also like to thank the fans most sincerely. I fully appreciate the sacrifices they've made, spending their hard earned cash to cheer us on, be it Munster or Ireland, at home games and all over Europe.

"Their support has been truly fantastic and a memory I'll carry forever."

Leamy made his Munster debut in 2001 and played 144 times for the Irish province.

He is the third Ireland and Munster forward to announce their retirement recently, with Jerry Flannery and David Wallace also quitting the game.

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