O’Connell closing in on competitive comeback
This is the sight Munster and Ireland fans have been waiting for since March 20 as Paul O'Connell took another big step towards his return to competitive action.
Pictured being put through his paces at the University of Limerick, the Lions captain is not yet ready to take a full part in training but he went through a thorough workout involving tackle bags, kicking and some strength work with conditioning coach Joe Gallanagh.
O'Connell has been unavailable for action since Ireland's final Six Nations match against Scotland last season after he seemed to sustain a groin injury. Several misdiagnoses later -- the true cause of his absence was discovered to be an infection in the lock's pubic bone and O'Connell could embark on the long road to recovery.
Finally, he is back on the rugby pitch and while there is not yet a date set for his return to competitive action, the sight of him on grass and hitting tackle bags will be a boon to both Munster coach Tony McGahan and Ireland boss Declan Kidney.