Leinster duo forced to quit
Fogarty and McCormack announce their retirements
Last Updated: 08/11/10 10:10am
Leinster have suffered a double blow with the retirements of John Fogarty and Ronan McCormack.
Hooker Fogarty, who was capped by Ireland on the summer tour, has been forced to quit through concussion, while a neck injury has ended prop McCormack's career.
Fogarty, 33, made 44 appearances for Leinster having previously played for Connacht and Munster.
McCormack, also 33, appeared 42 for Leinster, while he also represent Connacht, Ulster and Ireland A.
Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson commented: "It is regrettable that both players are retiring due to injury. Both John and Ronan are immensely popular and talented individuals who each played a significant role in Leinster's recent on-field success.
"John joined Leinster in 2008 and has been a key figure for our province since that time, with his consistent form culminating in his first Ireland call-up on this year's summer tour to New Zealand.
"A Heineken Cup winner, John represented Munster, Connacht and Leinster playing 165 matches over a career which spanned a decade.
"Capped on nine occasions for Ireland A, Ronan was a key member of Leinster's Heineken Cup and Magners League winning sides and was a consistent contributor during the 118 matches he amassed playing for Leinster, Connacht and Ulster. Ronan too can look back on his career with enormous pride and satisfaction.
"I would like to thank both players for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and service to the game of rugby in Ireland. Everybody in Leinster Rugby wishes both John and Ronan and their families well in their future."