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Thursday 14 November 2019

We gave each other a pass on nuptials – O'Connell

Genna Patterson

THEY spent the past six weeks touring together with the Lions, but rugby star Paul O'Connell said neither he nor Sexton will go to each other's weddings this summer.

The Munster player told the Irish Independent that they agreed they'd have to miss each other's nuptials which are squeezed into the tight window between the end of the Lions tour and the start of the domestic rugby season.

"I wasn't going to be able to go to his one and he wasn't going to be able to go to my one, but we'll be getting him a present anyway," said O'Connell ahead of Sexton's marriage later today.

O'Connell "can't wait" until he weds his fiancee Emily, and has been helping with their wedding preparations.

He said that plans were going "very well" and that "I've done a good bit. I've been slagged that Emily's doing everything but I have done a good bit".

O'Connell was also quick to praise his teammate O'Driscoll's handling of his controversial drop from the final Lions Test.

"Obviously he was gutted personally and disappointed but the way he handled it was just incredible and he was a real example to everyone."

The Lions lock said that if he had picked the team, "I'd have put him on, but we're biased. We played with him a long time and have seen what he can do and how he always produces it on the big stage".

O'Connell stayed on to help coach the Lions after suffering an arm injury during the first Test, and said that coaching is something he may consider.

"I'd love to coach Munster in the future, coach Ireland or the Lions," he said.

After five weeks away on the tour, O'Connell is glad not be sharing a room with his teammates anymore.

"Mako Vinopolas was a very bad snorer. There was no problem rooming with people, it's just the snorers."

Speaking at the launch of Pinergy Pay As You Go Electricity, O'Connell said he thinks Munster are in with a good chance in the next season.

"We've great young players coming through. We just need one or two more players and I think we'll challenge with the best teams in Europe."

Irish Independent

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