Tipp man Fogarty leaves Munster for France

Cashel man Denis Fogarty (28) has announced that he is to leave Munster at the end of the season to join French second division club Aurillac coached by former Ulster, Ireland and Lions second row Jeremy Davidson. Though offered a two-year contract extension by Munster, Fogarty is realising an ambition to ply his trade in France and nail down a starting berth.

Cashel man Denis Fogarty (28) has announced that he is to leave Munster at the end of the season to join French second division club Aurillac coached by former Ulster, Ireland and Lions second row Jeremy Davidson. Though offered a two-year contract extension by Munster, Fogarty is realising an ambition to ply his trade in France and nail down a starting berth.

Fogarty, who won over 90 Caps for Munster and is a brother of former Munster and Leinster hooker John Fogarty, leaves the province with an impressive haul of medals including two Heineken Cup medals won in 2006 and 2008. Due to a combination of injuries and the difficulty of getting game time ahead of Jerry Flannery, Damien Varley and Mike Sherry, the 28-year-old hooker started only seven matches and made 17 appearances off the bench in recent years.