Breaking Paul O’Connell News On His Immediate Future
Paul O’Connell has announced his retirement from rugby due to the hamstring injury sustained in the Rugby World Cup last summer.
The former Ireland captain had been hoping to return to playing following the serious injury but has been forced to admit defeat and his contract with French club Toulon has been cancelled without playing a game.
He won three Six Nations titles with Ireland including a Grand Slam. In his club career, he helped Munster to two European Cups as well as three Celtic Leagues.
O’Connell took over as Ireland captain from Jamie Heaslip in 2013. He made his provincial debut in August 2001 and six months later earned his first cap in an Ireland jersey.
The Munster legend has released the following statement: “It is with deep regret that I have decided to retire from professional rugby following medical advice. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all at Rugby Club Toulonnais for their understanding and support over the past few months.
Since sustaining the injury at the World Cup I have been fully focused on returning to fitness and starting an exciting new chapter for both myself and my family in Toulon. Unfortunately this will no longer be possible.
“I have been blessed to be a professional rugby player for over 14 years and to be part of Munster and Ireland teams that have experienced success.
“I have played with some of the best players to ever line out in the red of Munster and the green of Ireland and have had the privilege of captaining my country.
“I would like to thank those at Young Munster RFC, Munster Rugby, the IRFU and Lions Rugby who have supported me over the course of my playing career.
“Special thanks must go to my wife Emily for her unwavering support through the good and the bad and to my parents Michael and Shelagh.
“Lastly I would like to thank everyone who has supported the teams I have been a part of. The support you have shown me is humbling and an immense source of pride for both myself and my family.”