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James Coughlan departs from Munster

Updated: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 18:02 | Comments

James Coughlan: 'I was presented with an opportunity that I had to take for myself and my young family' Coughlan made his Munster debut in 2006
James Coughlan: 'I was presented with an opportunity that I had to take for myself and my young family' Coughlan made his Munster debut in 2006

Munster forward James Coughlan is to leave the province at the end of June.

The 33-year-old was contracted to the double European champions until June 2015 but has requested an early release to move abroad.

“This was a difficult decision for me to make,” said Coughlan, who played 139 times for Munster since making his debut as a 26-year-old in 2006.

“I was presented with an opportunity that I had to take for myself and my young family as we plan for our future.

“Playing for Munster has been a dream come through. I never thought I would have achieved what I have and the whole experience has been life-changing," added Coughlan, who is likely to move abroad with a switch to a French club being mentioned. 

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