POLL: Is the IRFU right to release Paul O'Connell from his contract?
The IRFU today confirmed that Ireland captain and Munster legend Paul O'Connell is to be allowed leave his contract early, but was it right decision?
The 35-year-old looks set to finish his playing career in France after it was revealed he will retire from international rugby at the end of the upcoming World Cup as he would "like to experience new environments".
Toulon appear to be leading the chase for the towering second-row, but while the former Lions captain has been one of the finest servants in a Munster jersey since making his debut in 2001, some have argued that the IRFU should have kept hold of one of their best players.
Some Munster fans have voiced their discontent that in spite of O'Connell's huge contributions, Anthonty Foley needs his talisman more than ever before as the province continues its development.
"Paul has been a fantastic servant to Irish Rugby. Over the course of his 101 Ireland caps to date he has set the standard for the model Irish professional," IRFU CEO Philip Browne commented.
But should O'Connell have seen out his contract which expires in 2016?