Saturday 18 November 2017

Paul O’Connell to make Six Nations return this weekend…as a BBC pundit

Paul O’Connell
Paul O’Connell
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

The BBC Six Nations studio panel will have two of Ireland’s most inspirational captains to cast an eye over proceedings in Paris as Paul O’Connell settles into life after rugby.

The talismanic leader announced his retirement from the game today following the serious injury picked up during last year’s World Cup defeat of France.

There has been a huge global reaction today for one of the most revered figures in Irish sport, and the Limerick man will be a keen observer this weekend as he watches his former team-mates go in search of a victory in France from the comfort of the BBC studio.

The BBC website confirmed before today's announcement that O'Connell will be joined by Keith Wood and Thomas Thomas Castaignede for the eagerly-awaited clash at the Stade de France.

The Munster legend admitted earlier today he is looking forward to life post-rugby.

"I have a number of things on the go. I'm doing a book at the moment which I will have to start working very hard at now,” he said.

"I work with a few companies, I've really enjoyed working with Pinergy and getting to look over the fence at how it works. I'll hopefully get to do a little more with them.

"I'm involved in a number of initiatives around Limerick which I'll take a bigger part in and I'll have a look at coaching too."

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