Wednesday 21 August 2019

'I wasn't playing Candy Crush!' - Paul O'Connell on being glued to his iPad during Irish World Cup defeat

Paul O'Connell during the Rugby World Cup defeat to Argentina.
Paul O'Connell during the Rugby World Cup defeat to Argentina.

Sam Griffin

Paul O’Connell has revealed what exactly he was doing with his iPad as Ireland crashed out of the Rugby World Cup in the heart-breaking defeat to Argentina.

Television cameras in the Millennium Stadium repeatedly turned to the injured Irish captain throughout the encounter to get the Munster man’s reactions at key stages in the game.

Social media was alight with suggestions that the second row, who is set to remain out of action for at least another four or five months, was playing Candy Crush or sending some mid-game tweets.

But O’Connell last night explained his focus was 100pc on overcoming the Pumas, who went on to secure a comfortable 43-20 win, at the Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards where he was representing energy company Pinergy.

“I wasn’t messing with the Pinergy smart app and I wasn’t playing Candy Crush either,” he joked.

“I was just watching the game and was able to rewind and watch line outs and penalties and breakdowns and that kind of thing. I saw it back myself. It did actually look quite funny,” he said.

In a Q and a session with Irish Independent editor Fionnán Sheahan, he went on to explain the advantage of being able to watch the game back in real time.

“All the coaches have an iPad and you can tap one bottom and you can rewind five seconds so you can watch for line out patterns, and you can watch how they’re defending…sometimes when you’re in the stands you can’t see what happens straightaway that’s why I ended up watching the whole game on the iPad.

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“When I went home I realised every time the camera went to me I was on the iPad the whole time. That’s what I was doing. I was looking at what just happened previously,” he explained.

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