Sport Under-20s Six Nations

Sunday 22 July 2018

Paul O'Connell open to Munster move when the timing is right

Ireland U-20s assistant coach Paul O’Connell shouting instructions before last night’s U-20s Six Nations clash between Ireland and Italy at Donnybrook. Ireland won a dramatic encounter 38-34. Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland U-20s assistant coach Paul O’Connell shouting instructions before last night’s U-20s Six Nations clash between Ireland and Italy at Donnybrook. Ireland won a dramatic encounter 38-34. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Paul O'Connell is hopeful that he will return to Munster in a coaching capacity, but the former Ireland and Lions captain has stressed that he is happy to take his time in getting there.

O'Connell took his next step on the coaching ladder when he became forwards coach with the Ireland U-20s. Johann van Graan already revealed that he is keen to have the 38-year-old involved, and O'Connell sat down with the Munster boss before Christmas.

"My aim is to do things that I enjoy and I'm really enjoying the U-20s now," O'Connell (pictured) told the Irish Independent.

"I chatted to Johann. I chat to Felix (Jones) and Jerry (Flannery) a lot, because I'm interested in Munster and because they are my friends.

"It's nothing beyond that, but I think if something crops up in the future and it's something that hopefully is right for me and for them (Munster), something may happen.

"At the moment, I'm dipping my toe in and I'm enjoying it."

Independent.ie's U-20s Six Nations coverage is in association with PwC

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