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Ireland lock O’Callaghan joins Warriors

Worcester Editorial 3rd Sep, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

FORMER British & Irish Lions lock Donncha O’Callaghan has agreed to join Worcester Warriors.

The 36-year-old moves to Sixways after making more than 270 competitive appearances for Munster.

O’Callaghan has represented Ireland 94 times, winning the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009. 

He has also had a glittering club career as he won the Heineken Cup twice and two Magners League titles during 17 seasons at Munster.

But the giant second row, who captained the Lions in South African in 2009 and featured in three consecutive World Cups, said he was hungry for a new challenge.

“The developments and structures in place at Warriors are very exciting but also the quality of management and the players at the Club are something I cannot wait to be a part of,” he said.

“I watched the Bristol game where Warriors turned it around in the last seven minutes at the end of last season, and that was really impressive.

“Now I’m looking to win the respect of the management, the players and most importantly, the supporters, and I will be giving my absolute all.”

The ex-Munster man also played for the Barbarians in their win over England in 2014, when Dean Ryan was head coach and the Warriors boss said he was delighted to get a player of his calibre.

“The opportunity to bring someone in with such international and European experience is a real coup for the club,” he said.

“It’s important to get a balance of proven and experienced performers and young developing talent integrated within the squad.

“Donncha has tremendous know-how at the highest level and will be able to offer our younger players a great deal of advice.

“His experience and leadership can only be of benefit to the team as we prepare for life in the Aviva Premiership.”

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