After 14 years and 241 appearances in the Munster jersey, Billy Holland has called time on his career.
In a statement published on Twitter, the veteran player announced his retirement at the end of this season.
Billy Holland will go down as a Munster great.
A fine example of where relentless hard work and dedication can take you.
Holland’s influence extends far beyond rugby – what he has done over the last couple of years to raise funds & awareness for sick kids is a mark of the man. pic.twitter.com/FPDVk9a6Od
— Cian Tracey (@CianTracey1) March 1, 2021
"I have always been determined to finish my career whilst still playing well and adding value to the jersey."
Holland, who's played for the reds for 14 years, said he's "extremely grateful" to step away on his own term.
He's held back on reflecting over his time with the team, instead focusing on the season ahead.
"I am excited to help Munster continue to move forward and achieve our potential for the rest of the season."
The 35-year old lock has spent 14 seasons with the province, and is the province’s second most capped player of all time.
Former Team Mates And Coaches Pay Tribute
Meanwhile Holland's former teammates have led the tributes to Billy.
Simon Zebo tweeted "what a guy, what a player".
Irish Ruby tweeted their admiration, describing him as a "history maker" and a "legend"
Captain. Leader. History-Maker. Legend.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) March 1, 2021
Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan said Billy will go down as a Munster legend in the history of the club.
“We all know the incredible character he is and how hard he works behind."
The popular player was nominated for Munster Rugby Men's Player of the Year twice by his peers for his performance during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.