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Former Munster lock Ian Nagle to take break from professional rugby

The 25-year-old will step away from the game to work in Washington DC.

Nagle during Munster's 2010 victory over Australia.
Nagle during Munster's 2010 victory over Australia.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

FORMER MUNSTER SECOND row Ian Nagle will take a break from professional rugby, for at least the coming season.

The 25-year-old left the province this summer having come through the Munster academy and made 28 senior appearances in the Pro12.

Nagle spent some of last season on loan at Newcastle in the Premiership, where an unfortunately-timed injury meant he played only twice.

An Ireland U19 and U20 international, the Buttevant native shot to prominence in 2010 with a superb man of the match performance for Munster during their historic win over Australia at Thomond Park.

That 2010/11 season also saw Nagle make eight league starts for the southern province, although competition for places and injuries meant there were fewer opportunities in the proceeding seasons.

The former Glenstal Abbey student has now made the decision to further his education while working in Washington DC in the US. Nagle did have options to pursue his professional rugby career and has refused to close the door on rugby completely.

The opportunity arose to join a friend in launching a consultancy firm in DC. It’s a big decision to take time out from rugby but an exciting challenge to focus on something completely different,” said Nagle.

“I would like to wish the management and all the lads the very best for the season and give huge thanks to the extended Munster family, who I know have many exciting days ahead.”

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