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Video: Paul O'Connell learning French by watching subtitled Jonny Wilkinson interviews

Michael Colivet

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.

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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."

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