Sunday 22 April 2018

I regret not going down on one knee – O'Connell

Paul and Emily: July wedding
Paul and Emily: July wedding

Laura Butler and Hannah Popham

RUGBY player Paul O'Connell has admitted that he did not go down on bended knee when he proposed to his future wife – for injury reasons.

The Munster talisman and his long-term partner Emily O'Leary have opted to get married in the south of France.

They will wed in an intimate ceremony in front of family and friends in Toulouse on July 27.

O'Connell (33) popped the question in June last year, while the couple were enjoying a family day out in the Curragh Chase woods, near their Co Limerick home. They were joined by their three-year-old son, Paddy.

However, the second-row was forced to forgo tradition, as a result of a knee injury.

"We went for a picnic with Paddy and I had a knee injury at the time, so I didn't go down on one knee, which I regret," the international said.

O'Connell and O'Leary have been together since their 20s.

With the Lions tour over, they have spent this week putting the final touches to their pending nuptials.

"We're really looking forward to it," said O'Connell, who was pictured dressed as Ian Rush in a Liverpool jersey while on his stag last weekend.

He was speaking to Miriam O'Callaghan on John Murray's RTE Radio One programme yesterday.

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