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Tipperary hurler Paddy Stapleton announces retirement

Tipperary hurler Paddy Stapleton announces retirement

Tipperary hurler Paddy Stapleton has announced his retirement.

The Borris-Ileigh player won All-Ireland Senior medals in 2010 and this year, as well as four Munster Senior medals and a National League medal as a substitute in 2008.

He made his championship debut as a blood substitute in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final against Waterford. 

Stapleton made his first championship start at right corner-back in the 2009 Munster Senior Championship against Cork. 

He lined out at right corner back in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final victory over Kilkenny before winning a second All-Ireland Senior medal as part of this year’s panel. 

He also won two North Senior Hurling medals with his club in 2005 and 2007.

The 31 year-old made his Senior competitive debut for Tipperary in the 2006 Waterford Crystal Shield against Waterford. 

He made his National League debut against Limerick in 2008, coming on as a substitute. He won a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2006 at right corner-back and a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2003, lining out at centre-back.

He said he enjoyed "ten wonderful years" in the county senior hurling panel, and it had been a lifelong dream to play for his county. 

He wished the panel all the best for next year - "there is a great mix of youth and experience within this group and I have every faith that they will keep performing to the highest levels, similar to what has been reached in recent years."

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