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James Cronin, supporter from Münster, says that he announced with « great regret » that he will be leaving his home province at the end of the season.
-year-old Loosehead has played 142 games in red and has made 20 attempts since making his debut against Leinster in April 2013.
Cronin, who was capped three times by Ireland, will now look elsewhere for a new challenge as his extended stay finished in Münster.
« It is very unfortunate to announce that my time with Munster Rugby will end this summer. » It has been a dream of mine to represent my province since I put on my first jersey as a 6 year old, and I am very proud to know that I have represented my province 142 times and my country three times.“I’ve made many lifelong friends during my time here and learned so much from some great men, particularly Garrett Fitzgerald and Anthony Foley. I thank everyone I’ve worked with since my time on the sub-academy to this day.
“I want to especially thank my family and friends who have always been with me for the heights, however also the lows that come with professional rugby. Also a big thank you to all Münster fans.
« I’m looking forward to my next rugby chapter and to giving everything I’ve done so far in my career. »
Münster’s head coach Johann van Graan praised him Cronin departed and made it clear that the province could not keep the experienced support.
« We are very grateful to James for everything he has done for Münster in his nine-year career in the province, » added van Graan.
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« It’s always difficult to lose native talent of James’ caliber, someone who has always delivered for your home club. »
« This is the unfortunate side of professional sport and the current environment we are in because we are unable to maintain the services of a player of his quality.
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