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Stringer: No one can begrudge O'Connell's move to Toulon

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Published 30/07/2015 | 02:30

Rugby legend Peter Stringer, who boasts almost 100 caps for Ireland
Rugby legend Peter Stringer, who boasts almost 100 caps for Ireland

Peter Stringer has backed Paul O'Connell's decision to leave Munster for Toulon.

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The scrum-half believes that his former team-mate has been shouldering the responsibility at Munster for long enough and has earned a move to France.

"What he's given to rugby in this country for Munster, for Ireland and carrying the mantle in the last couple of years probably on his own shoulders - what he has done probably goes above and beyond what any player should do with regard to an organisation, to running a team, just making sure everything is okay off the pitch as well as on the pitch," Stringer said.

"Paulie's at a stage in his life with a young family when he's got to look after them. I don't think anyone in rugby will begrudge the guy for making the move. It's a great opportunity for him."

Irish Independent

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