Munsterman Donncha O’Callaghan has today announced his plans to retire at the end of the season. O’Callaghan who spent 17 seasons with Munster making 268 appearances. In 2015 Donncha made the move across the Irish Sea to join Worcester and will finish his career there at the end of this season.
At International level Donncha represented Ireland 94 times, scoring a solitary try. He also went on 2 tours with the British and Irish Lions making 4 appearances along the way.
His partnership alongside Paul O’Connell will be forever remembered as part of the key DNA that always kept Ireland in with the fight for 6 Nations Honours. With O’Callaghan they took the title in 09, their first for 61 years.
It was with Munster that he gained the most silverware, winning 2 European Rugby Champions Cup titles in 05/06 and 07/08. Munster also took 3 Pro14 titles in his time with the club in 02/03, 08/09 and 10/11.
Donncha told the The Irish Examiner. “I love the game and i want to finish loving it.
“Honestly, body-wise i feel great. The game is changing though and everyone here is talking about it this season.
“Over the last three years, the physicality has gone through the roof.
To finish it’s only right that we use his retirement announcement to remind everyone about this classic O’Callaghan moment.