Thursday 18 January 2018

Ger Gilroy: Unfair ending a product of Paul O'Connell's own bravery

Paul O'Connell. Photo: Getty
Paul O'Connell. Photo: Getty

Ger Gilroy

The stand-out memory of the World Cup analysis for me was when Trevor Hogan explained Paul O'Connell's injury against France.

Hogan detailed how O'Connell's body was positioned in an extremely dangerous spot, stretching every sinew of his giant frame - beyond breaking - to thwart the opposition in a role that practically no other second-row attempted. If he was a squat hooker or centre, his position over the ball would have been expected but second-rows?

No. His point was that O'Connell was backing up his words with actions above and beyond. A captain. Showing reckless abandon for his own health, making himself a giant target but killing opposition ball. A match winner.

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