Peter Stringer – A Tribute
After a 20 year career that took in Cork Constitution, Munster, Ireland, Sale Sharks, Saracens, Newcastle Falcons, Bath and finished in December 2017 with Worcester Warriors, Peter Stringer has called time on his career. He was capped 98 times by his country after a debut in 2000.
He will always be associated with Munster having appeared in European Finals in 2000 vs Northampton Saints, the 2002 Final against Leicester Tigers, the famous Final in 2006 against Biarritz when Munster won their first of two European titles when he famously scored a try when he broke from the back of a scrum and fooled all the forwards to scamper in for his most famous try.
He is the most capped scrum half in Irish rugby but one suspects that Conor Murray may get close or even surpass his record of 98 caps if he stays fit over the coming years. He was partnered by Ronan O Gara for most of his career, in the AIL with Cork Con, then in the professional ranks with Munster and Ireland. Stringer provided the pass for O Gara to kick the drop goal to seal the win against Wales in 2009 to win the Grand Slam.
Stringer was rarely injured during his career and kept his body in good shape and this certainly helped as the years advanced on him and he made several different moves to prolong his career after finding his path to the Munster and Ireland scrum half spot blocked by Tomas O Leary and Conor Murray.
Both men denied Stringer the chance to win 100 International caps by gaining selection over Stringer from 2010 onwards. He never retired from international rugby in the hope of winning those two elusive caps to get to the magical mystical number of 100 caps.
He was selected by the Barbarians when they faced Australia in November 2013. He famously raced out to deny James O Connor the chance to kick three points by timing his run and picking up the ball and ending the half.
Now that Peter Stringer has retired all of the Munster team I grew up watching and helped me grow to love the game of rugby union have retired. He did so well with Munster and Ireland and will also be remembered for his tap tackle on Dan Luger in 2001 that helped Ireland defeat England to deny them the Grand Slam.
He patented the “Tap Tackle” and did it on several times doing it again in 2004 when Ireland beat England to become the first side to beat the newly crowned World Champions. He stopped Jason Robinson in his tracks after he danced between Reggie Corrigan and Malcolm O Kelly and thought he was away under the posts until Stringer’s intervention stopped him in his tracks.
Thanks for all the memories Strings, enjoy a well deserved break and enjoy the next phase of your life…..
Cian Mc Gibney