O’Connell named new Irish rugby captain to replace O’Driscoll for Six Nations
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.”