Former Munster hooker Denis Fogarty has been forced into early retirement.
The 32-year-old has been told to retire after suffering a recurrence of a shoulder injury. His brother, Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty, was also forced to retire from the game early through injury.
Fogarty has been playing in France for the past four seasons, but he has seen little action this season after moving from Agen to Aix-en-Provence and has now been told to retire immediately as he may have to have a prosthetic shoulder inserted.
“I’ve had two operations in the last year. It came at me initially in 2007 and I had an operation then and everything was fine and played on and continued with my career.
“The last season in Agen, in March last year, I was playing for them and a scrum collapsed and it came out again, my shoulder came out again. It burst through the repairs which were done in 2007.
“And it has just never got right since then. I have a huge amount of arthritis, all my tendons and everything are not very good in it and the surgeon said he has seen shoulders like this in 70-year-old men.
“And when he went into it recently, the surgeon said it would come at me again in about five or six years and I would end up needing a prosthetic shoulder.
“I went to him again last week in Aix-en-Provence and he told me it just wasn’t going to get better. I can’t lift my arm very high and, say, if I’m swimming I can’t do a front crawl or a back crawl. I can’t do anything,”
“The surgeon just said that from a professional rugby aspect I was finished, it was a simple as that.
“I had been doing everything to get better and while I kind of knew going into him last week that the news might not be good, it still hit me hard knowing that the journey is over. I’m just trying to get on with that now and come to terms with it and start considering other things,” he added. [Irish Examiner]