Paul O'Connell beats off competition from Rob Kearney to claim Ireland's sexiest rugby player
A thousand Irish women were asked which player they would most like to sleep with and ginger Limerick native O'Connell scooped 23pc of the vote.
The veteran lock is a damn fine second-row forward who stands in England's way at the Six Nations clash in Dublin this Sunday, but it turns out women also think he’s got a great body (31pc).
"He looks a bit like Hell Boy but he’s also very funny and intelligent, as we’ve seen on his Late Late show interviews," said Claire Page, spokesperson for dating website Illicit Encounters, which carried out the survey.
"Putting that with his amazing physique - I mean, he’s tall, broad and his upper body strength is so impressive, he’s able to bench press over 180 kg - it’s not hard to see why women across Ireland find him so attractive."
Full back Rob Kearney, who boasts more classic good looks, came in close second place at 20%.
And surprisingly Brian O’Driscoll, who retired last year as the most capped player in the history of international rugby, only took 17pc of the vote despite being considered a heartthrob by female rugby fans across the country.
Ulsterman Tommy Bowe only polled at 15pc - with women explaining that they couldn’t understand what the Monaghan man was saying.
Ronan O’Gara came fifth with 13pc of the vote.
Psychologist Lucy Redford said studies have shown women generally prefer dominant men.
"There is certainly something to be said about extremely muscular physiques triggering primal emotions of submissiveness in women. However, oftentimes there is actually a threshold of muscularity that can result in negative stereotyping once passed.
"Lack of depth, lack of intelligence, simple mindedness, aggressiveness, insecurity, and narcissism are all perceived traits that people prejudge in bodybuilders.
"However, Paul O’Connell has proven on numerous interviews he is much more than this – he’s calm under pressure, skilled, passionate on the field and has a great sense of humour. Being witty goes a long way, with both sexes."