Munster and Ireland legend Donncha O’Callaghan has announced that he will see out the remaining time on his Worcester Warriors contract before retiring back to Cork at the end of the current season.
The 38-year-old, who has spent the last two seasons in the Aviva Premiership with the Warriors, has decided that he will not extend his stay in England, despite several offers to do so.
Named club captain ahead of the current season, O’Callaghan has revealed that despite his body holding up well, he wishes to return home to his family, who stayed behind in Ireland when he moved to the Aviva Premiership side.
“May will do me nicely. I am done. It’s been great. I have had a great time. I love the game and I want to finish loving it,” O’Callaghan is quoted as saying in The Times.
“My family need me to be around home an awful lot more and that’s not to sound like the cheesiest f**ker of all time. I am unbelievably appreciative of Jenny helping me do what I love.
“Body-wise, I feel good and that’s not a bad way to go either, is it? To walk off the pitch and say ‘Thanks’.”
O’Callaghan has enjoyed a stellar 20-year career for both club and country, winning two Heineken Cups and three Pro12 titles during his 268-cap time with Munster, while adding a 2009 Six Nations grand slam with Ireland. He also toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, in 2005 and again in 2009.
A member of Ireland’s ‘golden generation’, O’Callaghan will join the likes of Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’arcy, Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell on the sidelines permanently in May.
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