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Munster's Cian Bohane explains his decision to retire at 25

The Corkman captained the southern province to victory in the British & Irish Cup final last month.

Cian Bohane in action for Munster against Edinburgh during last September's Guinness Pro12 fixture at Thomond Park.
Cian Bohane in action for Munster against Edinburgh during last September's Guinness Pro12 fixture at Thomond Park.
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ALTHOUGH THE NEWS took many by surprise, Cian Bohane says his decision to retire from professional rugby was made after months of deliberation.

The 25-year-old centre’s low-key retirement was announced by Munster Rugby in a press release regarding contract updates earlier this month.

Bohane, who made his senior debut for Munster in May 2013, played five times for the southern province this season in the Guinness Pro12, which included his first start back in September against Edinburgh.

The Corkman also captained the Munster A side last month when they defeated Jersey Reds at Musgrave Park in the British & Irish Cup final.

However, he has now taken the decision to leave professional rugby behind in order to lay the groundwork for a future in a different field.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have been living a dream for the past seven years and it’s been made even more special with the characters I’ve shared the dressing room with,” Bohane wrote on Twitter.

“The decision to retire might come as a surprise to some, but it’s one I came to after months of deliberation. I’ve realised there is more to life than sport and I felt it necessary to fully apply myself to my studies to benefit me in future years.”

Bohane has been studying for a degree in strength and conditioning and he’s due to begin a new course at University College Cork in September.

He added: “I’m incredibly grateful to be finishing my professional career on my own terms as I am well aware that it’s a rarity in this sport.”

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