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Published: 12:24 | 1/9/16

Holland forced to retire

Fly-half retires aged 25

Johnny Holland has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect.

Holland has been advised to retire on medical grounds as a result of the hamstring injury he suffered while Munster 'A' in the British and Irish Cup game against Nottingham in November 2014.

The young fly-half made his Munster debut against Cardiff Blues in November 2013 and went on to make 11 appearances for the province, including seven last season. However, he has lost his battle against injury and has announced his retirement at the age of 25.

"This has obviously been a very tough time for me, and ultimately it is a decision that has been taken out of my hands. 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," Holland commented

"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 underage rugby all the way up.

"I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the medical team, strength and conditioning staff and coaches that helped me throughout my career, and special thanks must go to my family, girlfriend Chloe and close friends for their unwavering support.

"I believe this is an exciting time for Munster Rugby and while I am hugely disappointed that my time has come to an end I look forward to supporting from the stands, and to the next chapter."

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