“This is the unhappy side of professional sport”: James Cronin leaves Munster


Three-cap Irish mainstay James Cronin will leave Munster at the end of the season. his debut in April 2013 against Leinster.

Cronin has been selected from the bench three times by Schmidt and while Dave Kilcoyne has reappeared in recent times to recover, recently starting two of the last three matches of the Guinness Six Nations of Ireland, Cronin has remained heavily involved at the provincial level under Johann van Graan.

Cronin told the Munster website: “It is with great regret that I announce that my time with Munster will end this summer. It has been a dream for me to represent my province since I put on my first jersey at the age of six and I am very proud to know that I have represented my province 142 times and my country 3 times.

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“I made many lifelong friends playing here and learned so much from some great men, including the late Garrett Fitzgerald and Anthony Foley, and I thank everyone I have worked with since my days in the game. sub-academy at present day.

“I especially want to thank my family and friends who have always been with me for the ups, but also the downs, that come with professional rugby. A big thank you to all Munster fans as well. I am excited about my next chapter in rugby and give everything I have done in my career so far. “

Cronin made headlines last year shortly after the sport was blocked in Ireland over a doping incident in which he allegedly received the drugs belonging to another James Cronin at a pharmacy. An EPCR hearing concluded that the pillar should serve a one-month suspension for an “unintentional” anti-doping rule violation.

Munster boss van Graan added: “We are very grateful to James for all he has done for Munster during his nine year career with the province. It’s always hard to lose a local talent of James’ caliber, someone who has always performed well for his home club. This is the unfortunate side of professional sport and the current environment we find ourselves in because we are not able to retain the services of a player of his quality. We wish James all the best for the future.

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Sara R. Cicero