Missed your chance to catch him & claim a pot of gold...Peter Stringer finally retires

  • Leprechaun who masqueraded as an Ireland no.9 finally retires.....always liked him and loved his attitude. Great servant to the Irish game.


    Former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer has retired from rugby at the age of 40.

    The Cork native made 98 appearances for his country in an international career that spanned 11 years.

    Stringer was part of Ireland's Grand Slam-winning side of 2009 and also won Triple Crowns in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

    He played more than 200 games for Munster and helped them win the Heineken Cup for the first time in 2006.

    In a statement on Twitter, Stringer thanked the clubs he played for, adding that the appearances for his province and country were particularly special.

    "My proudest days on a rugby field came from wearing the red of Munster and the green of Ireland, and will remain with me for the rest of my life," he said.

    Stringer played in all five of Ireland's games during the 2003 World Cup in Australia and was again part of the squad four years later in France, making two appearances.

    It was Stringer who supplied the pass for Ronan O'Gara's famous drop-goal against Wales in 2009 which secured Ireland's first Grand Slam since 1948. The duo formed a highly successful half-back partnership at international and club level.

    In 2011 the scrum-half moved to Saracens on loan and represented five English teams over a seven-year period.

    In 2016 he won Sale Sharks' Player of the Year aged 38.*

  • I always remember him taking down Jonah one on one many years back....

    Well, it was more a case of Jonah tripping over him but it still counts.

  • the original flapper!

    I never really rated (or liked, which possibly had something to do with the former) him, but there is no denying the career he has had which means he musta been a bit more than handy...

    edit - damn gif not working

  • Best passer in the business.

    I met him a few times at charity gigs he turned up to on request and did the needful. No fuss or drama - absolutely solid nice guy.

    I wouldn’t have a bad word said about him.

  • I had no idea he was still going. Well done that man!! 11 years at the top level is awesome, plus he sounds like a GC.

    @MN5 he was pretty fearless in taking on Jonah, I would have gone for the sacrificial tackle approach too!!

  • The moment when Munster knew they were finally going to win the Heineken Cup when Stringer scored his famous try. He surprised not only Biarritz but also all his team-mates, coaching staff and the thousands watching in the stadium, on TV and in the streets in Limerick by actually running with the ball.

    Stringer, Stringer, Stringer!

  • @victor-meldrew I met him at a reception following the Munster-Eagles game of 2008. What a solid guy. He held my baby boy for a picture and I found out after we got home that they shared the same birthday! All the best to him for a happy and healthy retirement.

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