Ex-Ire­land star O’Leary re­tires

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LON­DON: For­mer Ire­land and Mun­ster scrum-half To­mas O’Leary an­nounced his re­tire­ment yes­ter­day. O’Leary made his name on in­ter­na­tional stage when he started four of Ire­land’s five games in their vic­to­ri­ous 2009 Six Na­tions cam­paign. It was only Ire­land’s sec­ond Grand Slam and their first since 1948. O’Leary was se­lected for the 2009 Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions tour of South Africa be­fore be­ing ruled out by a bro­ken an­kle sus­tained while on Mun­ster duty. Cork­born O’Leary, who won 24 Ire­land caps, also won the Euro­pean Cup twice with Mun­ster in 2006 and 2008. “I have had an in­cred­i­ble ca­reer from my academy days in Mun­ster to my last game in Mont­pel­lier, all of which have been ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing,” O’Leary wrote in an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment on the Navy Blue blog. “I have re­alised my am­bi­tion of rep­re­sent­ing Mun­ster and Ire­land. “Wear­ing the red and green jer­seys has been a real hon­our.

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