Monday 26 September 2016

Jackman rules out Grenoble coaching job for O'Connell

John Fallon

Published 28/03/2016 | 02:30

'Jackman said he would be delighted to see O’Connell (p) coming on board as a coach but, contrary to reports, that is not the case' Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
'Jackman said he would be delighted to see O’Connell (p) coming on board as a coach but, contrary to reports, that is not the case' Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Paul O'Connell is not taking up a coaching role with Grenoble, according to the club's head coach Bernard Jackman. However, the former Ireland and Lions captain may give them a hand in training this week.

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O'Connell, who is close friends with Grenoble backs coach Mike Prendergast, is in the French Alpine city for the week, combining a family skiing holiday with some rugby.

Jackman said he would be delighted to see O'Connell coming on board as a coach but, contrary to reports, that is not the case.

O'Connell arrived in France on Saturday and attended Grenoble's 39-23 win over La Rochelle at Stade des Alpes.

"If he gets the chance, we will see him down at the club some day this week and, of course, we will chat about rugby in general and some tactical ideas. But, unfortunately, it's not anything long-term or formal."

Grenoble will take on Connacht in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup on Saturday week at Stade des Alpes.

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