Munster second row Billy Holland to retire at end of 2020/21 season

Munster head coach Johann van Graan
Munster head coach Johann van Graan
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Munster lock Billy Holland has confirmed his retirement from professional rugby at the end of the ongoing 2020/21 season.

Holland has been with Munster since his professional rugby debut in 2007 and is the club's second most-capped player with 241 appearances. The 35-year-old also went on to win Academy Player of the Year in 2008 and was nominated in the club's Men's Player of the Year for his performances in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.

“I have always been determined to finish my career whilst still playing well and adding value to the jersey each time I get to put it on," he told Munster's official website.

“To be in a position to call time on such a fantastic experience, on my own terms, is one I am extremely grateful for.

“I believe the time is right for me, my family and for Munster Rugby to hang up my boots.

“I don’t want to reflect too much on the incredible journey just yet, as right now my focus is on performing to the best of my ability every time I’m handed that cherished red shirt. I am excited to help Munster continue to move forward and achieve our potential for the rest of the season.”

Holland also made a solitary international appearance for Ireland that came during the November series clash against Canada in 2016.

“I only just said it recently, Billy will go down as a Munster legend in the history of the club, and rightly so," said Munster head coach Johann van Graan.

“We all know the incredible character he is and how hard he works behind the scenes, always getting the job done.

“He has given his all to the jersey and all I can do is thank him for his service and commitment to Munster Rugby.

“We won’t dwell on it too much now, as ever the professional, Billy still has a job to do, helping to lead an ambitious group at this time.”

Munster hold the top position in Conference B with 11 wins from 13 games in the ongoing Pro14 season.

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