DONNCHA O’Callaghan has no plans to hang up his rugby boots just yet after the Cork native penned a contract extension to his deal with Worcester Warriors.
The 38-year-old former Highfield, CBC and Cork Con second-row will start to get ready in four weeks time for his third season with Worcester and the former Munster great doesn’t look like hanging up his boots anytime soon.
The non-drinking, non-smoking second row was rated as one of the best and most diligent players to train during his time with Munster and Ireland and that certainly doesn’t seemed to have change since he went to the Premiership side two seasons ago.
“Donncha is a phenomenon,” Warriors director of rugby Gary Gold said after O’Callaghan had agreed his contract extension.
O’Callaghan, who turned 38 last month, has maintained the high standards he set at Munster since joining the Warriors and Gold enthused about the standards he sets for the younger players at the club.
“He must be one of the most professional rugby players in the world and the manner in which he prepares for matches, mentally and physically, is an outstanding example for any young player.”
O’Callaghan joined the Aviva Premiership outfit in September 2015, and took over as team captain earlier this year and is sticking to his mantra of constant improvement which saw him capped by Ireland 84 times.
“Our recent form has been reasonably encouraging and that provides us with a decent platform for next season,” he said as the new deal was announced.
“People often talk about what Warriors can become but it really is time we started to deliver consistent success on the field. Nothing else is acceptable.
“I believe we have the staff and the squad to compete next season, and I am really excited by the challenge.”