Munster prop Darragh Hurley has been forced into an early retirement.

The 26-year-old suffered a lower back injury in training last October and has announced his retirement on medical advice.

Hurley won international caps at Schools and Under 21 level and earned 36 Munster caps.

He also represented Ireland A in a game against Scotland at McDiarmid Park in 2008.

Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said: "It is really disappointing to see a young player of such promise have to make this decision.

"Darragh worked extremely hard to try and overcome his injury difficulties but unfortunately for him and for Munster rugby, medical advice decided the outcome.

"He was an extremely popular and talented squad member who we wish all the very best to in whatever career he chooses to pursue."