Munster & Ireland Legend Donncha O’Callaghan Announces His Retirement
Former Munster, Ireland and Lions lock Donncha O’Callaghan has announced that he will call time on his glittering career at the end of the current season.
The colourful character is currently club captain at Premiership side Worcester Warriors at the ripe old age of 38, but has decided it’s now finally time he hung up his boots so he can spend more time with his family among other things.
“I am done.” O’Callaghan told The Irish Examiner.
“It’s been great. I have had a great time. I love the game and I want to finish loving it. Honestly, body wise I feel great. The game is changing though and everyone is talking about it this season.
“Over the last three years, the physicality has gone through the roof. I’d love to be able to walk away from it and say I had a great time within it and be thankful to the game itself. I just look at my own crew.
“Guys like Denis Leamy is after getting a hip operation. I have four small kids, I want to be running around with them having fun. I don’t want to be stuck in goal in a five-a-side. You want to finish the game fit, healthy, and well. You want to be active,” he added.
The towering second-row enjoyed a hugely successful career that saw him win two Heineken Cups, three Celtic titles and a Grand Slam. He also toured twice with the British & Irish Lions in 2005 and again in 2009.