Ireland's Wallace retires due to injury
Published Thursday, 03 May 2012
Ireland and Munster's David Wallace has been forced to call time on his rugby playing career, due to complications surrounding the knee injury that made him miss last autumn's World Cup in New Zealand.
Ireland's David Wallace was injured playing against England. (© Getty)
The 35-year-old has been unable to fully recover from the injury he picked up against England.
"Although it's disappointing that injury is forcing me to retire now, I take great comfort that I've had an unbelievably enjoyable career," Wallace told the official Munster website.
I'd like to thank anyone who has helped me and had faith in me during my 15-year professional career - including family, teammates, coaches, medics, friends and, not least, supporters.
"I feel very lucky to have been involved in an era that has seen Munster and Ireland enjoy so much success.
"Professional rugby has exploded in popularity and changed beyond all recognition in this country since I began and I feel honoured to have played witness to its massive improvement."
Wallace - who picked up 72 caps for Ireland and featured in more than 200 games for Munster - has said he'll step away from rugby to explore new opportunities and spend more time with his family.