MUNSTER second row Donncha O’Callaghan is confident his former provincial and Ireland team-mate Peter Stringer’s services will be snapped up a club to allow him continue his decorated rugby career.
Bath Rugby confirmed this week that 37-year-old Peter Stringer will leave the club at the end of the season after two years spent with the West Country side.
Munster second row O’Callaghan insisted there is ‘plenty of rugby’ to come from Stringer.
O’Callaghan said: “He’s (Peter Stringer) as fit as a flea and he’ll drive on. I know it’s disappointing. Obviously, you’d love to have him around, he’s a standard setter and for me someone I keep in contact an awful lot with about how he trains and how he looks after himself. You’d always bounce things off him but there’s no fear of Strings, there’s plenty of rugby in him.
“If I was someone, I’d give him a 10-year deal! Honestly, I think he’s in incredible shape and I think because I’m in it as well. You’ve got to judge a guy on how he’s playing and how he’s presenting.
I bet you if you go through the scores in Bath, Peter Stinger is probably the highest in fittest pound for pound and the strongest pound for pound and that’s what he should be judged off and not his age.”
Asked if he would recommend to Munster that the province snap up Stringer’s services once again, O’Callaghan said: “It’s difficult when he’s your friend and he’s someone that has always played well for us and he got massive standards himself and you just hear what Mike Ford says about him when he went into that culture that he brought guys on around him and that’s all you can say about the guy.”