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'The opportunity to prolong my career is one I couldn't pass up' - Donncha O'Callaghan

The Munster and Ireland legend will depart the province this week.

Anthony Foley and Donncha O'Callaghan served Munster together for a long time.
Anthony Foley and Donncha O'Callaghan served Munster together for a long time.
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DONNCHA O’CALLAGHAN has said the opportunity to prolong his career was the reason he took the decision to leave Munster after 17 seasons with the province.

In a statement issued today on behalf of the player, O’Callaghan also took the opportunity to thank his former team, describing his time with Munster as a “dream come through.”

“It has been a huge decision for me to leave Munster, one that I have thought long and hard about,” O’Callaghan said.

“The opportunity to prolong my career is one that I couldn’t pass up and I’m extremely grateful to Munster, the IRFU and Worcester for providing me with this opportunity.

“Playing for both my home province and country has been a dream come true for me and my family, I have loved every moment of it. I leave with a full heart and unbelievable memories.

“My goal is the same now as it was when I was at eight years of age, to play rugby, enjoy it and win. I look forward to earning the respect of the Worcester management, players and supporters.

“Finally I would like to thank the Munster supporters – for over 17 years you have lifted me to play beyond myself and I look forward to going back and joining you in my first role with Munster, as a supporter.”

The 36-year old — Munster’s most capped player — is in line to join English Premiership side Worcester Warriors on a two-year contract.

Head Coach Anthony Foley added:

“I had the honour of playing with Donncha for over a decade and have witnessed first-hand everything he has achieved with Munster and Ireland.

“A true Munster man in every sense, his passion and commitment were clear for all to see. He is held in the highest regard on the world stage after excelling at every level and we are thankful for his immense contribution to the province.”

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