Denis Leamy is only 30 years old, but for nearly ten years, he’s given his body to a sport that most of us would probably call the most acceptably violent and dangerous on the planet: rugby. Leamy has been a back row forward with Ireland and Munster, usually playing one of the toughest roles on his team as a blind side flanker (muscle and defense) as well as a number eight (weight from the back of the scrum). But a persistent and frustrating hip injury ultimately led to his retirement on May 22.
Offering a fitting speech to end a worthy career, Leamy said, “I find it hard to put into words how much it has meant to me to play for Munster and Ireland. It was a dream come true and I was very lucky to play with some of the greatest players ever to wear the jerseys and feel blessed that I was part of winning teams… I’ve had a great career, wish it had gone on a little longer but I’d like to thank all the coaches, players, medical staff and management who have helped me over the past decade.”
Hips are among one of the most stable parts of your body. Unfortunately, when they are subjected to blunt force (especially for someone playing rugby) on a regular basis, any number of problems are likely to arise. Dislocation, fractures, and strains are just the beginning. For Leamy, this marks the end of his rugby-playing days, but it also marks the beginning of another phase in his life. Anyone who has played more than one game of rugby knows that Leamy has to have some serious toughness. No doubt he’ll use that toughness as he moves in a new direction.
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