As Peter Stringer announces his retirement from professional rugby, let’s take a look at some of the most iconic images from his glittering career.
1) The Beginning Of An Era
Stringer celebrates victory over Scotland in his first cap for Ireland at the 2000 Six Nations. He would go on to represent his country 97 more times.
2) Europe’s First Choice
In 2000, Stringer was Munster’s first choice scrum half as they reached the Heineken Cup final. He suffered disappointment however as they were beaten by Northampton 8-9.
3) Shoulder To Shoulder
Three icons of Irish Rugby standing tall during the national anthem at the 2003 World Cup. Stringer played all five games as Ireland reached the quarter-finals.
4) History Makers
Stringer and his teammates celebrate victory in the 2006 Heineken Cup final. The scrum-half scored a clever try as Munster won their first ever European cup with a 23-19 win over Biarritz
5) A Bittersweet Victory
Two years down the line and Stringer holds aloft a second Heineken cup. The scrum-half, however, had lost his starting place in the side to Tomás O’Leary.
6) Grand Slam Winner
A key part of Ireland’s Grand Slam winning side in 2009, Stringer came off the bench in the final game against Wales and set up Ronan O’Gara for the most famous drop goal in Irish rugby history.
7) A Green Goodbye
Stringer’s final appearance in the green of Ireland came in their 2011 Six Nations game against England. An international career that spanned 12 years and earned him 98 caps as well as a historic Grand Slam crown.
8) Munster Milestone
An appearance in the 2010/2011 Magners League Grand Final victory over rivals Leinster, made Peter Stringer Munster’s most capped player and added another medal to his already impressive collection.
9) A New Chapter
The next season in December 2011, Stringer left Munster to join English club Saracens, making his debut in a Heineken Cup game against Ospreys.
10) Flying at 40
Stringer’s last club was Worcester Warriors, whom he played for at aged 40 before leaving the English side in December and retiring in June.