MUNSTER have announced that 28-year-old centre Barry Murphy is to retire from professional rugby due to an ongoing injury problem.
Murphy, who made 71 appearances for Munster and four for Ireland, has suffered an injury blighted career in recent years, and recent issues with a metatarsal problem was the final catalyst in the decision to retire.
“People say to me I’ve been unlucky and while I appreciate what they mean I don’t see it that way,” the Limerickman, who grew up on the Old Mill Road and attended St Munchin’s School, said of the decision.
“The past seven or eight 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.”
Barry also holds a degree in Marketing and is a member of popular local band Hermitage Green, along with fellow Munster player Felix Jones. He scored a total of 15 tries for his province, including a famous and rapturously received score against the All Blacks in Thomond Park in November 2008, the only player to score against the New Zealanders on their tour.
He is the third Munster player to retire in recent weeks, but is thought to be optimistic that his injury problems will clear up and allow a return to amateur rugby at some stage in the future.
Murphy played just once this year for Munster, scoring a try in the defeat of Ulster in January. He will be particularly remembered for a stunning try scored against Sale in the Heineken Cup in Thomond Park in 2006, a 55-metre stunner that many fans will never forget.