Paul O Connell rejoins Munster Rugby. Pictured above representing Ireland. Picture credit: Getty Images.
Paul O Connell rejoins Munster Rugby in an advisory role with the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy for a one-year part-time position.
In his role, the former Munster and Ireland will offer his experience, technical expertise and advice to the Munster’s next generation of players. Having represented Munster for over a decade, the Limerick native will be able to guide the young players in terms of preparation, best practice and rugby development.
Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said, “Every club in the world would love to have an iconic figure such as Paul O’Connell involved in their set-up. 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.“
The announcement comes just one year after Paul O Connell originally left Munster Rugby and subsequently retired from professional rugby due to an injury he suffered on Ireland duty.
During his time with Munster Rugby, Paul O Connell gained a reputation of being a leader both on and off the field, guiding the province to two European Cups (2006, 2008), three League Titles (2003, 2009, 2011) and a Celtic Cup (2005).
On Ireland duty, Paul O Connell was part of the Irish team that won seven trophies including the RBS 6 Nations Championship twice, four Triple Crowns and a Grand Slam in 2009.
Mr Fitzgerald added, “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, operating from our new high-performance centre in UL.”