Sunday 16 December 2018

Paul O'Connell takes first major step into coaching with Ireland U20 role

Former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell
Former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell

Paul O'Connell has taken a major step into the coaching world after it was announced that the legendary lock will join the Ireland U20 team as an assistant coach.

O'Connell has previously worked in an advisory role with the Munster academy since an injury suffered at the 2015 World Cup forced his retirement.

The IRFU today revealed that the former Ireland captain will join Noel McNamara's coaching team alongside fellow assistant coaches Tom Tierney and Ambrose Conboy.

The Ireland U20 team will play Leinster A tomorrow, in what will be O'Connell's first match with the team.

They also have a fixture scheduled against Munster A at Thomond Park on December 29, with the U20 Six Nations starting off with an away game against France on February 2nd.

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