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Cave to leave big void in the team when he retires

Darren Cave
Darren Cave
Chris Henry

By Chris Henry

I'm not sure I ever played with anyone who lived and breathed Ulster Rugby the way that Darren Cave does.

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That jersey means so much to him and when he retires at the end of the season he'll be missed on and off the field.

If not for Brian O'Driscoll he'd have plenty more Irish caps but it's been an incredible career nonetheless. Yes, he was always a player who could score you a try but it'll always be his qualities without the ball that stand out for me. Defending at the hardest position on the pitch, it's hard to remember him missing a tackle.

Last Saturday at the Aviva showed the qualities Cave still has, and I'm sure he could have chosen to play abroad, but I think he's already looking forward to the next chapter. It'll be good to have him in our past players WhatsApp group at any rate.

As ever, pro rugby moves on quickly and as Darren prepares for his exit, Jack McGrath gets ready to arrive. In the Ireland camp, Jack has always got on well with the Ulster boys and I'm sure that made the decision easier, but what a statement for the province that he wants to come up and be involved in what's being built.

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