Wednesday 23 January 2019

POLL: Will Paul O'Connell heed Brian O'Driscoll's advice and finish his playing career in France?

Will Paul O'Connell i finish his career at his native province?
Will Paul O'Connell i finish his career at his native province?

Declan Whooley

Brian O'Driscoll believes that Paul O'Connell would be the ideal man to propel Toulon to a fourth successive European crown, but will the Ireland captain move to France?

The Munster lock has been subject of intense speculation in the past few weeks and has admitted that he is 90pc sure where he will be playing his rugby next season.

"I would have said it's very, very tempting," O'Driscoll said of the speculation surrounding a move to Toulon.

"There is no smoke without fire and I presume the offer, well the offer is there and (Toulon owner Mourad) Boudjellal has been trying to coax him across. If I was him it would be a perfect opportunity to go spend eight months down the south of France and play with an unbelievable team.

"He has a young family and people that say he will undo the legendary status at Munster, I would rubbish that talk. I really don't buy it in the slightest.

"He has cemented his status down there and could always go back as a coach or as an ambassador to the club or whatever he wants. He has done magical things and that can't be undone."

O'Connell for his part has said that he has not had any contact from the club and appeared to rule a move out last week.

"I certainly haven't spoken to Toulon or been over there," he said.

"There are no options to do anything, I am on contract with Ireland until 2016," the second-row said. "I suppose it does rule it out really. Yeah, it does.

"The fact I haven't been really clear about when I'm finishing, about what I am going to do when I'm finished, probably adds to it (the speculation).

The speculation has failed to subside despite those public utterances and the question still remains, will O'Connell join the French outfit or will he finish his career at Munster?

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