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Ger Gilroy: Unfair ending a product of Paul O'Connell's own bravery

Ger Gilroy

Published 11/02/2016 | 02:30

Paul O'Connell. Photo: Getty
Paul O'Connell. Photo: Getty

The stand-out memory of the World Cup analysis for me was when Trevor Hogan explained Paul O'Connell's injury against France.

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Hogan detailed how O'Connell's body was positioned in an extremely dangerous spot, stretching every sinew of his giant frame - beyond breaking - to thwart the opposition in a role that practically no other second-row attempted. If he was a squat hooker or centre, his position over the ball would have been expected but second-rows?

No. His point was that O'Connell was backing up his words with actions above and beyond. A captain. Showing reckless abandon for his own health, making himself a giant target but killing opposition ball. A match winner.

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