Tuesday 27 September 2016

Paul O'Connell 'said no' but former Leinster star set to become forwards coach at Grenoble

Published 03/06/2016 | 09:27

Paul O'Connell. Photo: Sportsfile
Paul O'Connell. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland and Munster legend Paul O'Connell has turned down the chance to join the coaching ticket at Bernard Jackman's Grenoble, according to a report in French rugby magazine Midi Olympique.

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According to the story this morning, O'Connell, who spent a week in the Alps last season working with the squad, was offered a position with the club but 'said no'.

The report claims that the forwards coach position will fall to Jackman's old Leinster team mate Aaron Dundon.

The 34-year-old Kiwi, who joined the province in 2010, retired at the end of last season.

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The IRFU have held discussions with O'Connell with a view to him taking up a coaching position within the game here.

"We've been chatting with Paul about what his future looks like," IRFU performance director David Nucifora said this week.

"Again, he'll make his decision when he's ready about what exactly he wants to do, but we've been in touch with Paul, we were speaking to Paul before he retired about what the future might look like.

"You don't want to waste a resource like Paul O'Connell, he's got a lot to offer Irish rugby going forward. We're just working with Paul to work out the best way of utilising what he brings to our game."

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