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Darbyshire to step down at Munster

Guinness PRO12 Editor

22 Mar 2011

Magners League leaders Munster have announced that their head of strength and conditioning, Paul Darbyshire will step down from his position at the end of the season.

Darbyshire has spent four years with the province but illness has forced the former Rugby League professional to make the decision.

Since being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease last September, Paul – who continues to carry out his duties with the squad – has responded with characteristic courage and humour that has been an inspiration to all.

Commenting on the news Munster coach Tony McGahan said, "The news of Paul's illness has had a profound impact not only on the management and squad but on everyone who have had any dealings whatsoever with the man.

"He's been an integral part of Munster Rugby, is tremendously well liked and respected and is far more than just a work colleague.

"His response to his illness has been nothing short of inspirational although not surprising perhaps given the strength of character he has displayed since we have come to know and work with him.

"We will," promised McGahan, " do everything we can to support Paul and his family in this difficult period of their lives. "