Wednesday 17 January 2018

Paul O'Connell is about to begin the early stages of his coaching career with Top 14 side Grenoble

Paul O'Connell (SPORTSFILE)
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Paul O'Connell will begin a new chapter in his rugby career this week when he teams up with former international team mate Bernard Jackman at Grenoble.

The Limerick man was forced to cut short his playing career in February on medical advice following the severe hamstring injury he suffered in Ireland victory over France in last October's Rugby World Cup.

Speculation has been rife that O'Connell has been earmarked for the new Director of Rugby role at Munster but further rumours of a potential move to Grenoble are looking more concrete.

According to Grenoble's official website, O'Connell will spend some time with the team while his family enjoys a ski holiday in the Alpe d’Huez before the pistes close.

Canal Plus had earlier reported that O'Connell will join the Grenoble backroom team as a 'freelance' for a week to work with the club's forwards.

Jackman is the head coach at the Top-14 club and, more importantly, his former Young Munster and provincial team-mate Mike Prendergast is the skills coach.

Before his move to Toulon was confirmed last year, the Ireland, Lions and Munster great was linked to a possible move to Grenoble.

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