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O'Cuinneagain's Irish career finished
By Scrum's Celtic Nations Editor, Jonathan McConnell
July 27, 2000

The wrist injury sustained by Dion O'Cuinneagain in training with Ulster last week will mark the end of his career with the Province.

The former Ireland Captain is returning to South Africa in December to continue his medical studies, and with the injury forcing a three-month break will be unable to play again before his departure.

He underwent an operation this week and is now resigned to a prolonged spell on the sidelines.

"Three pins were put into my wrist to give it time to fuse and they'll probably be removed in about eight weeks time. Once they're gone I'll start on the physio and maybe a bit of bike work. At the moment though it's very painful," O'Cuinneagain told a Belfast newspaper.

Originally the prognosis was that he would be out of action for only a few weeks but the situation worsened over the weekend. "I lost feeling in my fingers over the weekend and they had to re-open my wrist and fix the nerves. It's a pity that I can't finish up my time now on a high," he said.

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