Johnny Holland forced into retirement

Johnny Holland has quit rugby union
Johnny Holland has quit rugby union
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Munster fly-half Johnny Holland has announced his decision to retire from professional rugby with immediate effect due to a hamstring injury.

The 25-year-old sustained the injury first while playing for Munster A against Nottingham in the British and Irish Cup in November 2014 and has struggled to successfully overcome it, leading to an eventual retirement on medical grounds.

"This has obviously been a very tough time for me, and ultimately it is a decision that has been taken out of my hands," said Holland. Holland's first appearance for the senior team came in September 2013 and it was in January 2015, the fly-half signed a two-year contract with Munster.

Describing the decision to step down as hard , Holland expressed his gratitude to all those, who supported him throughout his career.

"It is something that I have tried very hard to overcome but unfortunately it has become impossible for me to win this battle

"As much as this is beyond my control, I don't want to look back on my career with any sadness.

"Rugby has given me so many opportunities and I have learned so much from the experience, with fantastic memories and friends for life.

"I am very proud to have represented my home province, especially at the end of last season, and am thankful for the support from under-age rugby all the way up."