O’Connell named new Irish rugby captain to replace O’Driscoll for Six Nations
Published 30/12/2011 | 11:59
MUNSTER’S Paul O’Connell will lead the Irish rugby team into the 2012 RBS Six Nations Championship.
The squad began preparations for the championship today at a two-day camp, where he was named as new captain replacing injured Brian O’Driscoll.
Mr O’Connell, who is currently the Munster captain, has already led Ireland at international level – he took charge against France in 2004 and was skipper in August against England in the Guinness Summer Series.
He was also captain of the British & Lions tour to South Africa in 2009.
"The greatest ambition in a player's career is to play for your country, so to captain Ireland is a huge honour for me and I was delighted when Declan asked me to,” he said today.
"I have been lucky to have played for my country on 82 occasions and during that time I have always felt that the responsibility of leadership should not just rest on the shoulders of Brian [O'Driscoll] and that the senior players are incredibly important.
"We are lucky in the Ireland squad that we have a couple of outstanding leaders across the pitch and I know that I will be relying on them during the championship.”