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Rory O'Carroll leaves Dublin panel for 2016

Updated: Monday, 04 Jan 2016 07:40 | Comments

Paul Geaney of Kerry battles with Rory O'Carroll
Paul Geaney of Kerry battles with Rory O'Carroll

Jim Gavin has revealed two-time All Star Rory O'Carroll will not be part of his Dublin panel this season after his side's O'Byrne Cup draw with Wexford at St Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy on Sunday.

The full-back, who won All-Ireland medals in 2011, 2013 and 2015, is moving to New Zealand for work reasons and won't play any part in his county's All-Ireland defence.

O’Carroll previously moved to France from the autumn of 2010 until early summer in 2011, when he went straight back into the side for the Leinster championship clash with Laois.

“Yeah, Rory has decided to go away during the 2016 season,” Gavin told The Irish Times. “He’s moving to New Zealand, so he won’t be a part of us for the year.

“But we wish him the very best. We’ve always said to players it’s important to get the life balance, between family, their profession, and their sport. We will miss him, but we certainly wish him the best, and he goes with the sun on his back.

“He’s a top-class guy, a real leader on the field, and we’ve worked with him since the under-21s, going back to 2008. But it’s a great opportunity for Rory to go away and experience a different lifestyle and culture, for a year or two, and it’s a great opportunity for the gap that he’s left, and the different players pushing for that particular position.”

An experimental Dublin line-up had to fight back from a 2-05 to 0-04 half-time deficit to draw with Wexford on Sunday, with Dean Rock nailing a late score to avoid defeat,

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