'Lads, it's great to see ye!' – Paul O'Connell jokes with sports journalists at launch of energy app
A launch of an energy saving app wouldn't normally be high on the list of priorities for members of the sports media, but the presence of Paul O'Connell changed that considerably yesterday.
O'Connell was making his first public appearance since the hamstring injury suffered against France in the World Cup that ended his international career. The expected four to eight month lay-off means that he may miss the entire season having only signed for Toulon earlier this summer.
The rugby legend was in Dublin yesterday in his role as a brand ambassador and a shareholder in PINERGY, where he helped launch the PINERGYsmart In-Home Display and mobile app that gives customers control and reduces energy costs.
While the company would have been pleased with the media turnout, it was clear from the room full of sports journalists that O'Connell's injury and his take on the World Cup disappointment was the focus of attention, rather than energy saving measures in the home.
Noted for his dry sense of humour, the Limerick native hobbled to the microphone on crutches and joked that he was pleased to see so many members of the sports media at the launch.
"Lads, it's great to see ye taking such a break from rugby and taking such a healthy interest in PINERGY. It's great to see the change of attitude since we were knocked out of the World Cup."
O'Connell is currently rehabbing the injury back home and is unclear as to when he will make the move to France for the final chapter in his playing career.
The hamstring injury, the worst in his career he says, has meant that he has been immobile since he returned prematurely from the tournament.
"I stayed with the squad for the Argentina game and I was operated on the Thursday," he said.
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"I have been on the flat of my back. I got out of the hotel to go to the game, then we travelled home and I have literally just been on the flat of my back for the past two weeks.
"I'm pain free. Well I was pain free after about a week, and I'm pain free sitting down now for about four weeks. The Munster lads took me out for lunch twice and Emily took me for a pizza once, but apart from that I haven't left the house.
"It's a frustrating time."
The former Lions captain admitted that he could be out of action for anywhere between four and eight months.
"It's very approximate. It could be between four and eight months, you just don't know. The surgeon was very happy with how the surgery went."
Paul O'Connell was speaking as a brand ambassador for PINERGY at the launch of PINERGYsmart which offers consumers a smart in-home display and a first market mobile app which, combined, can conveniently help consumers use less and pay less for their electricity.
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