Growing up I wanted to digest anything about sport that I could, from watching games live and on tv, reading the daily paper from back to front and of course tearing into the most recent sporting autobiography to hit the shelves, says. Over the years, some of the latter have left me a little dissatisfied on reaching their conclusion.
Paul O’Connell went into the European Ryder Cup team room on Tuesday night with no intention of providing inspiration, merely to talk about what being a team player meant to him.
Joe Schmidt last night promised Ireland would forge ahead without Paul O’Connell, but not before admitting his captain’s leadership would leave a massive hole as they prepare for Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final with Argentina.
Ireland captain Paul O’Connell marches into his fourth and final World Cup tomorrow in Cardiff. Ahead of the World Cup kick-off against Canada, the second-row legend sat down with rugby correspondent Simon Lewis to share memories of tournaments past — and offer insights into his mindset going into his final tour of duty in green.
Paul O’Connell was planning to contact Toulon last night to hear his new club’s take on reports that it had been caught up in a criminal investigation involving pharmacists who are alleged to have illegally supplied the club with substances such as antibiotics and growth hormones.
A nation will shed one giant tear come October when Paul O’Connell peels off an Ireland jersey for the last time, but the legendary lock is refusing to engage in the emotional build-up ahead of the Rugby World Cup that will bring the curtain down on his international career.
Munster Rugby chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald expects Paul O’Connell to make a final decision on his next career step in the coming fortnight, having today announced that the Irish captain will be released from his IRFU Munster contract following the Rugby World Cup.
Thoughts that the blood on Gregor Townsend’s hands at Ravenhill on Saturday night was Anthony Foley’s proved unfounded as the Glasgow Warriors head coach looked forward to this Guinness Pro12 final victory providing a springboard to greater things for his club.
Paul O’Connell has spent the last few months, in public at least, ruminating over the right way to retire from professional sport and has been at pains to point out that not every athlete is fortunate to bow out from their sport in the manner of their choosing.
Enda Kenny’s decision to cut USC has been seen as a bid to reclaim votes, a hero garda is being celebrated after risking his life to save three children, Paul O’Connell plans to see out his IRFU contract and David Beckham hits 40.
Fianna Fail will focus on childcare policy ahead of the party’s Ard Fheis this week, Munster’s Anthony Foley has dismissed claims that Paul O’Connell has been linked to French side Toulon, and woman opens fire in a McDonald’s when staff failed to give her bacon in her burger.