Munster's Murphy forced to retire
May 19, 2011
Barry Murphy has been forced to retired due to injury © Getty Images
Munster centre Barry Murphy has been forced to retire due to injury.
The 28-year-old, capped four times by Ireland and a veteran of 71 games for Munster, has failed to recover from a metararsal ligament injury in his left foot.
"People say to me I've been unlucky and while I appreciate what they mean I don't see it that way," he said.
"The past seven-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."
Meanwhile, Dragons hooker Duane Goodfield has also been forced to call time on his career, due to a long-standing shoulder problem.
The former Cardiff Blues and Wales Under-21 front-rower played only eight games for the Dragons before being struck down by the knock.
"I enjoyed my time at the Dragons and I am devastated to have the decision taken away from me," he said. "I'm always used to being in control of challenging situations, but this has been very difficult to deal with."
© ESPN EMEA Ltd
Ask John answers questions on the Leopards' tour to Italy in 1974, brotherly Test sides, Pat McGrath, England's games against the Barbarians and Jacques Brunel
"We were only five metres away in the last Test of getting that try and with Jonny's inevitable conversion, we'd have won it." Tom Hamilton talks to Lions fullback Matt Perry
Toulon's Heineken Cup final victory over Clermont Auvergne may have ended a long title drought for the Top 14 club but two of their players are no strangers to success