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    Paul O'Connell New Stade Francais Forwards Coach

    Former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been appointed as forwards coach by French Top 14 club Stade Francais.

    O'Connell, 38, will link up with his former Munster team-mate Mike Prendergast, who is also part of Heyneke Meyer's coaching staff.

    "Paul will bring his value and experience to our coaching team," said former Springboks coach Meyer.

    The Munster great won Ireland 108 caps but retired in February 2016because of a severe hamstring injury.

    That injury thwarted the British and Irish Lion's plans to play for Toulon in the Top 14.

    O'Connell's final game was Ireland's World Cup victory over France in October 2015, when he sustained what ultimately proved to be a career-ending injury.

    Since then, O'Connell has worked in an advisory role for Munster's academy, in addition to an assistant coach's role with the Ireland Under-20 team.

    O'Connell's seven appearances for the British and Irish Lions included captaining the side in the Test series defeat by South Africa in 2009.

    Best of Luck - Paulie

    Presumably didn’t get this gig on the basis of his academy and u20 roles- shrewd punditry, but really hope this coaching role works for him (but not against us).


      Cute image but don't think that pink is his colour.Hope it goes well.

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      Has Fineen put Johnny down yet?


        With the Rugby Museum hitting An taisce roadblocks, and his Mini rugby coaching going nowhere, perhaps he felt a sojourn in Paris might help
        Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi


          Stade came close to relegation last season so if he can contribute to getting them up from there it’ll to his credit. A successful stint there could bring the possibility of a POC and ROG coaching team at Munster a little closer. Best of luck,Paul.
          The early bird catches the worm but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese.


            I thought Stade were all but bankrupt? It's good to see him commit to rugby in any case though. I hope he can make a difference there. You'd imagine that someone with his strengths should make a good coach, but we'll have to wait and see. It hasn't worked for Roy Keane. but then he doesn't seem to like people.
            Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2020.


              Stade Francais gave Paddy Jackson's Perpignan a bit of a lesson at the Stade Aime Giral this afternoon despite having Parisse sent off in the 35th minute for an incident that barely merited a penalty.

              Finished 15-46 with Jackson scoring a penalty and a try. Going to be a very long season for him playing in that team. Was like watching Ireland in the 90's, plenty of effort but lots of daft errors from his teammates. They even managed to concede a try while Stade Francais were down to 13 men.