Munster fly-half Johnny Holland forced to retire because of a hamstring injury
Munster fly-half Johnny Holland has been forced to retire aged just 25 because of a hamstring injury.
Holland's protracted hamstring problems began in November 2014 after suffering the initial injury while playing for Munster A in the British and Irish Cup.
The Munster academy graduate battled back to displace Ireland international Ian Keatley for a period last season but now has had to end his career.
"It is a decision that has been taken out of my hands," said Holland.
"It is something that I have tried very hard to overcome but unfortunately it has become impossible for me to win this battle.
"As much as this is beyond my control, I don't want to look back on my career with any sadness.
"Rugby has given me so many opportunities and I have learned so much from the experience, with fantastic memories and friends for life."
Holland made his Munster debut against Cardiff Blues almost exactly a year before he suffered the serious hamstring injury.
The Cork man went on to make 10 further appearances for the Irish province, including seven outings last season.
"I am very proud to have represented my home province, especially at the end of last season, and am thankful for the support from under-age rugby all the way up."