Saturday 18 November 2017

Modest Paul O'Connell is thankful there is good broadband in Limerick!

Paul O’Connell parades the silverware after Ireland’s men claimed the Six Nations title
Paul O’Connell parades the silverware after Ireland’s men claimed the Six Nations title Newsdesk Newsdesk

The modest-as-ever Paul O’Connell has the broadband in Limerick for him winning the Six Nations Player of the Tournament award.

The Ireland skipper was influential in Joe Schmidt’s side sealing back-to-back titles, especially on the final day against Scotland when he grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with the opening try.

The big Munster man was voted the tournament’s best player but it’s all down to the old internet. “I was delighted with it (the award). I suppose there is very good broadband in Limerick and there was plenty of people voting for me online,” joked O’Connell on Morning Ireland today.

Following the amazing scenes in Murrayfield nearly two weeks ago, O’Connell revealed that the players were given plenty of time to celebrate.

“We had a night in the team hotel with family and friends in Scotland and we had a day together on our own all day Sunday and then on Sunday night,” added O’Connell.

“A lot of guys had a bit of time off then, other guys were back to training. We got about as much time as you can probably expect to get when you win something in the middle of the season.”

O’Connell will swap the rugby pitch for the streets of his home city Limerick tomorrow as part of an initiative to get young people learning good habits.

“It’s a TLC (Team Limerick Clean-up) campaign. It’s a supplement to all the work the tidy towns do and it’s basically just getting people for three hours in the morning to help clean up the city and county. We were hoping for 3,000 volunteers but it has been a national success and there are over 10,000 volunteers for tomorrow. It’s about developing good habits for young kids.”

On Saturday, O’Connell’s attention will turn to Leinster’s crunch Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Bath at the Aviva Stadium.

“I think they will,” said O’Connell.

“The weekend against Glasgow will have done them the world of good. To go down by that score and then to come back and lead. Glasgow are an excellent side and have probably been the best side in the Pro12 this season.

“They had a period where they found their mojo. I think they (Leinster) will win. Bath are excellent but you look at the class Leinster have, Sean O’Brien and these guys are on form now. I think they have a brilliant opportunity.”

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