FORMER Munster prop Tony ‘Mushy’ Buckley has retired from professional rugby with English side Sale Sharks and will return home to play with his home club Kanturk in Division 2B of the AIL next season.
Buckey played for Munster from 2005 to 2011 before joining Sale where he has spent the last three seasons.
The Newmarket man began his playing career in Kanturk rugby club at age 15 going on to play for Leinster school Newbridge College and Shannon RFC.
Debuting for Munster in 2005 Buckley has made 88 appearances for the province scoring seven tries in the process.
The 33-year old-claimed his first of 25 caps for his country against Argentina in 2007.
“In all I had a really enjoyable career, travelled the world and played for my country, with a lot of success with Kanturk, Newbridge College, Shannon and Munster.
“I am lucky that I have emerged from professional rugby relatively intact and capable of enjoying my last couple of seasons with the club I started with. For now it’s back to civilian life.”
“I have been in talks with clubs from London and Paris and beyond but will instead play for Kanturk rugby club, the club where I started playing around 18 years ago.”
Kanturk won promotion to the AIL last season.