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Played on the same Ireland Schools side as current international teammate Gordon D’Arcy and five consecutive games with Ireland U21s with Donncha O’Callaghan as his second row partner.
Scored a try on his senior international debut v Wales, played three Tests for the Lions in New Zealand in 2005 and this summer captained the squad in South Africa. Captained Munster when they won their second Heineken Cup title and was captain when they won the Magners League trophy last season.
This was a tough year for O’Connell as a knee and back injury kept him away from play for the majority of the season. However he returned to training quicker than expected and featured strongly in the 2012/13 season for Munster.
Back from injury Paul appeared both leaner and hungrier than ever and following quickly returned to his world class best. He was selected for his third Lions tour. He captained the side in their opening fixture against the Barbarians, scoring a try in their 59-8 win.He featured in the two subsequent warm up fixture and also started the first test against Australia, a 23-21 victory. Injury struck again however as Paul broke his arm in the fixture, thus ending his participation on the field. He remained on however as part of the squad as a couch, such is his experience and presence.
O’Connell signed a two year extension with Munster in January which would see him stay with the province until 2016. Continuing to show an ever young athleticism and ambition, he led Ireland to 6 Nations glory under Joe Schmidt. He captained Ireland in the Autumn series victories over South Africa and Australia, earning man-of-the-match in the latter encounter.
Another 6 Nations championship was just the preparation Paul and his Ireland team needed for the 2015 World Cup. He was granted an early release from his IRFU contract with Munster to start a new adventure with French side Toulon. He also announced he would retire from international rugby following the World cup. Featuring strongly for Ireland in the pool stages Paul reminded an adoring nation of his talent and contribution to the green jersey. It was not to be the fairy tale ending however as a serious hamstring injury against France in the final pool game saw the great man stretcher off at half time. Ireland went on to record a comprehensive victory over Les Bleus but once again fell short in the Quarter Finals against an excellent Argentina.
With surgery required to his hamstring, Paul spent the winter of 2015 recovering and in December 2015 he officially donned a new red shirt, that of French giants Toulon.
Paul retired from rugby as a result of the hamstring injury suffered during the 2015 Rugby World Cup and has since gone on to find success both in front of the camera with the BBC and also with the Munster youth side, as a coach.
Paul has taken the exciting move to represent himself into the future and can be contacted directly for any media engagements at email@example.com.
From all at BSMG, the very of luck in your future endeavours Paul.