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O’Connell rejoins Munster in advisory role

Paul O'Connell

A storied professional playing career spanning more than 15 years saw Paul O’Connell accrue plenty of valuable experience and the next generation of rugby stars are now set to benefit after the former lock joined the Munster Rugby Academy in an advisory role.

“Every club in the world would love to have an iconic figure such as Paul O'Connell involved in their set-up.”

A storied professional playing career spanning more than 15 years saw Paul O’Connell accrue plenty of valuable experience and the next generation of rugby stars are now set to benefit after the former lock joined the Munster Rugby Academy in an advisory role.

O’Connell – who toured with The British & Irish Lions in 2005, 2009 and 2013, picking up 7 Test caps in the process – links up with Munster in a part-time capacity for one year.

The 36-year-old is set to act as a mentor to the province’s talented youngster  and will provide technical expertise and advice, in addition to aiding the next generation with their development and preparation.

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And Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald admits bringing the man who appeared 174 times for the province and won 108 Ireland caps back to Thomond Park was too good an opportunity to miss.

“Every club in the world would love to have an iconic figure such as Paul O'Connell involved in their set-up,” said Fitzgerald.

“As a Limerick native and proud Munster and Irishman who has played and led teams for Munster, Ireland and the Lions, we were very eager to secure his services in some capacity.

“We certainly couldn't let this resource and opportunity go. An appointment such as this is a further boost to our academy staff and young players, and to the organisation as a whole.

“As always we continue to strive for best in class and this latest appointment further highlights our ambition as we embark on a new chapter for the province.”
 

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