Video: Paul O'Connell learning French by watching subtitled Jonny Wilkinson interviews
Published 03/11/2015 | 15:57
Paul O'Connell is busy brushing up on his French ahead of his move to Toulon and is taking inspiration from Jonny Wilkinson.
O'Connell is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and admitted that he could spend up to eight months out depending on his recovery time.
The Irish rugby legend signed a two-year deal with Toulon and is busy getting to grips with a new language ahead of the next chapter of his career in the south of France.
"One think I’ve done over the last few weeks is I’ve trying to learn a bit of French so I look at some of the interviews Johnny Wilkinson had done," he said.
"A lot of them are subtitled and a lot of documentaries are subtitled so I try to see if I can understand what he’s saying and then I look at the subtitles. "
The Irish sporting legend said that even though his family can't wait to move, he does have concerns for his five-year-old son Paddy as he begins school in a new environment.
"You know everybody tells me that they take to it very easily but I’m kind of dreading his first day of school when I leave him off in and he isn’t able to talk to anyone or anything like that.
"He hasn’t a clue what’s going on but you know apart from that I’m really looking forward to it."