Ireland and Munster wing Andrew Conway announces retirement

Andrew Conway has played 150 times for Munster scoring 50 tries
Andrew Conway has played 150 times for Munster scoring 50 tries

Ireland and Munster wing Andrew Conway has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Conway started his professional rugby career with Leinster in 2010 and made 40 appearances for the club before switching provinces to Munster in 2013.

The 32-year-old has racked up 150 appearances for Munster and is their third highest try-scorer with 50 touchdowns.

His consistent performances with Munster saw him made his Ireland debut in 2017 and has played 30 Tests scoring 15 tries. He was also part of the 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.

"I’ve been very fortunate to have been coached by some fantastic people. Thank you all. In particular to Felix Jones for showing me the way, Andy Farrell for having such belief in me and Graham Rowntree for your support in these tough times," he told the club's official website.

"To my team-mates from my first Leinster cap in 2010 all the way to my last Munster cap last month. It was an honour to go to battle with you all. I’m more grateful than words can express.

"Thank you to all those in Blackrock College, Blackrock College RFC and Leinster Rugby for giving me my first opportunities in the game.

"Playing for Ireland was my dream come true. Singing the national anthem with my team-mates, watched on by family and friends was the proudest I’ve ever been.

"Lastly, I’ll miss the big days in red and green but not as much as the daily pursuit and shared team goal of reaching our potential.

"I’m not exactly sure what is next but I’m very excited to take all the learnings from the last 14 years into the next chapter."