Thursday 21 September 2017

Malone praises O'Connell role

Paul O'Connell has a new role as an advisor to the Greencore Munster Academy Photo: Sportsfile
Paul O'Connell has a new role as an advisor to the Greencore Munster Academy Photo: Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Munster 'A' coach Pete Malone says Paul O'Connell is having a massive impact on the younger players coming through the Munster system.

The Munster and Ireland legend retired from rugby last year and has since assumed his role as an advisor to the Greencore Munster Academy.

A huge amount of talent has come through the ranks there in recent seasons and, as the senior team continue their great run in the Pro12 and Champions Cup, many of the home-produced players are shining in the B&I Cup competition.

O'Connell has been tasked with mentoring the new wave of Munster hopefuls and Malone believes he is doing a great job.

"He is doing a good bit of work with our academy guys now, so he has probably sat down one to one with every academy player at this stage of the season, as an advisor on how to develop off the field and how to plan themselves to develop to the next level," said Malone.

Munster 'A' clash with Doncaster Knights in the B&I Cup at Bandon RFC this evening and Malone is happy with how his side is performing after they clinched a knockout spot with victory last week.

"We had a slow start against London Welsh. We had nothing done before that game in Midleton. They outmuscled us up front and we knew they would be strong," said Malone.

"Since then we have been pretty good. Two good wins against Rotherham and the best of campaign against Doncaster last week who are going pretty well in the Championship.

"We would have a lot of respect for them. To be honest, I was very happy with the performance and the result."

Irish Independent

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