FORMER Worcester Warriors scrum-half Peter Stringer has retired from rugby at the age of 40.
The Cork native made 98 appearances for Ireland 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.
The Irish legend spent six months on loan at Warriors last season, making six appearances, before leaving the club in December.
“I cannot describe how it feels to have lived that dream for nearly all my life,” he wrote on Twitter.
“The journey has been an uncompromising obsession filled with memories I will cherish forever.
“To the coaches who never saw my size as disadvantageous, thank you.
“Thank you to my clubs in England – Saracens, Newcastle, Bath, Sale and Worcester – who gave me an opportunity to continue playing the game I love.”
“Lastly, thank you to Debbie my wife, for the last 10 years when I faced some difficult decisions, you were there for me and backed me every step of the way.
“Here’s to the next chapter.”