After breaking into the Munster starting XV last season, Johnny Holland could be forced to retire due to a hamstring injury dating back to November 2014.
Holland initially sustained the injury while playing with a Munster development side two years ago, when he tore his hamstring off the bone.
However he subsequently fought his way back, ultimately winning a place in Munster starting team ahead of Ian Keatley. However the issue has persisted, and a decision will be made on his future next week.
A source at Munster told the Sunday Independent‘s Brendan Fanning that the hamstring injury was the reason why Holland was withdrawn early against Leinster last season.
People wondered why he was taken off after 60 minutes that night against Leinster when he was going so well, but it was a case of managing him.
He started pre- season okay, but the problem hadn’t gone away.
If it’s the end for him it would be cruel because he’s been really disciplined, and he’d be recognised in the squad as a total professional.
If it is the case that Holland is forced to retire, Munster could be forced to once again move into the transfer market.
Despite the presence of Ian Keatley and Tyler Bleyendaal, Fanning pointed out that Munster are in regular contact with David Nucifora with regard to signing a possible replacement.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena