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Done deal - Toulon owner confirms Paul O'Connell has signed two-year deal with French giants

Published 15/06/2015 | 14:18

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Paul O’Connell

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed that Paul O’Connell has signed a two-year contract with the Top 14 club.

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There were conflicting reports in the French press today regarding Paul O'Connell's proposed move to the reigning Champions Cup winners, but Boudjellal has confirmed to RTE Sport that the Munster lock has signed  a two-year deal.

It was widely expected that Ireland captain will move to the French side after this year's World Cup after the IRFU agreed to release the inspirational second row a year early from his contract.

French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique cast doubts on the move today, suggesting the Limerick man's shoulder injury concerns have led to the club evaluating other alternatives.

Toulon are short in the second row department after the retirements of Bakkies Botha and Ali Williams at the end of last season.

The article suggests that O'Connell may still be signed the French giants after the World Cup as a ‘medical joker’, helping them to save money on his salary.

24 May 2008; Munster's Paul O'Connell celebrates with the Heineken Cup. Heineken Cup Final, Munster v Toulouse, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
24 May 2008; Munster's Paul O'Connell celebrates with the Heineken Cup. Heineken Cup Final, Munster v Toulouse, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
30 April 2005; Paul O'Connell, Munster. Celtic Cup 2004-2005, Quarter-Final, Munster v Edinburgh Rugby, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit; Kieran Clancy / SPORTSFILE
19 April 2004; Paul O'Connell during a munster rugby press conference ahead of the Heineken Cup semi-final against Leinster. Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit; Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
25 April 2004; Paul O'Connell, Munster. Heineken European Cup 2003-2004, Semi-Final, Munster v London Wasps, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *EDI*
14 December 2002; Paul O'Connell, Munster, is tackled by Paul Roux, Viadana. Viadana v Munster, Heineken Cup, Round Four, Viadana, Italy. Rugby. Picture credit; Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE *EDI*
6 December 2002; Paul O'Connell, Munster, takes the ball in the lineout from Richard Denhardt, Viadana. Munster v Viadana, Heineken Cup, Round Three, Musgrave Park, Cork. Rugby. Picture credit; Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE *EDI*
15 December 2001; Paul O'Connell, Munster. Rugby. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
17 January 2015; Paul O'Connell, Munster, is tackled by Billy Vunipola, Saracens. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 1, Round 5, Saracens v Munster. Allianz Park, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
17 January 2015; Munster players Peter O'Mahony, left, and Paul O'Connell leave the pitch after the game. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 1, Round 5, Saracens v Munster. Allianz Park, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
16 May 2014; Paul O'Connell, Munster. Celtic League 2013/14 Play-off, Glasgow Warriors v Munster, Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
27 April 2013; Munster's Paul O'Connell acknowledges supporters after defeat to ASM Clermont Auvergne. Heineken Cup Semi-Final 2012/13, ASM Clermont Auvergne v Munster, Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
3 May 2013; Paul OConnell, Munster. Celtic League 2012/13, Round 22, Zebre v Munster, Stadio XXV Aprile, Parma, Italy. Picture credit: Roberto Bregani / SPORTSFILE
20 May 2006; Paul O'Connell, Munster, is tackled by Serge Betsen, Biarritz. Heineken Cup Final, Munster v Biarritz Olympique, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
20 May 2006; Munster lock Paul O'Connell with the Heineken Cup after the game. Heineken Cup Final, Munster v Biarritz Olympique, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2011; Paul O'Connell, Munster. Celtic League, Leinster v Munster, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
8 December 2001; Paul O'Connell, Munster. Rugby. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2011; Sean O'Brien, Leinster, is tackled by Wian Du Preez, left, and Paul O'Connell, Munster. Celtic League, Leinster v Munster, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
12 December 2010; Munster's Paul O'Connell is shown the red card by referee Christophe Berdos. Heineken Cup Pool 3 - Round 3, Munster v Ospreys, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 December 2009; Paul O'Connell, Munster, is tackled by Bertrand Guiry, Perpignan. Heineken Cup Pool 1 Round 3, Munster v Perpignan, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
24 May 2008; Paul O'Connell, Munster. Heineken Cup Final, Munster v Toulouse, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 April 2006; Paul O'Connell, Munster, is tackled by Hugo Southwell, Edinburgh Gunners. Celtic League 2005-2006, Group A, Munster v Edinburgh Gunners, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
23 April 2006; Paul O'Connell, Munster, celebrates after the final whistle against Leinster. Heineken Cup 2005-2006, Semi-Final, Leinster v Munster, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
26 February 2000; Paul O'Connell, Young Munster, takes the ball in the lineout. AIB League Rugby, Division 1, St Mary's v Young Munster, Templeville Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Regional Var-Martin pours cold water on the story that O'Connell's move is in jeopardy and say that Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed to the paper a one-year deal has been agreed, with the option of a second year.

Fears over his physical well-being are dismissed, stating that O'Connell passed all the medical tests during a club examination.

The French transfer deadline is midnight tonight.

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