Denis Leamy is expected to become the latest high profile member of the Munster squad to be forced to announce his retirement from rugby.
The 30-year-old has been struggling with a serious hip injury this season and it is understood that his decision to retire, set to be announced later today, has been taken after consultation with a specialist.
Leamy’s decision comes in the wake of the recent retirements of both Munster flanker David Wallace and hooker Jerry Flannery due to injury. Leamy had signed a two-year contract extension with Munster in February.
Speaking about his injury to the Limerick Leader earlier this month, the talented back-row forward said the hip injury was a problem he had suffered with for some time.
“It is a hip problem and something I have had for a long time now and something that has been there. We have managed it as best we can,” Denis Leamy said.
“It kind of came to a head for different reasons. I don’t exactly know what the problem is in terms of medical and stuff, but it is a joint with a lot of damage around it and I just need a lot of clean up. With the nature of rugby and everything, there is a lot of damage there.
“I have a lot of concerns (over the injury). But that is rugby. The minute you walk through the gates of a professional rugby club you know that. At some stage you have to walk out those gates as well.
“It is a resolving door. That is the way it goes. You are under no illusions that some day it will come to an end.
“You have to trust the doctors and specialists in what they have to say. He really determines whether I am fir to play rugby again or not. With injuries that require surgery there is always that doubt.”
Leamy has made just seven appearances for Munster this season, the most recent of which was against the Scarlets in the Heineken Cup in December. He played 145 times for Munster, winning Heineken Cup medals in 2006 and 2008, having made his debut in 2002 as a 19-year-old.
Leamy was capped 57 times for Ireland and played his last match for Ireland against Wales in the World Cup.