Munster outhalf Johnny Holland is believed to be close to retiring because of a hamstring injury dating back to November 2014.
A final decision is expected this week for a player who will be 25 on Tuesday, and was favourite to start the season as Munster’s first choice 10. Holland initially sustained the injury almost two years ago playing for a Munster Development side, when he tore his hamstring off the bone.
He recovered to a point where last season he edged out Ian Keatley as the starting 10, being selected as first choice against Leinster in April. He played seven times for Munster last season and 11 in all, having debuted in 2013.
“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,” a Munster source said yesterday.
“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.”
As soon as we know more on this shocking revelation we will update you more. [Irish Independent]