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  • blackwarrior
    started a topic Paul O'Connell at Toulon

    Paul O'Connell at Toulon

    Time for a new Paul O'Connell thread perhaps.

    Hopefully Paulie will make an early, complete recovery from his serious hamstring injury. With his Munster and Ireland days behind him, I'm looking forward to watching his progress in France and the Top 14. May he go well!

    Today, he was unveiled in Toulon and, amazingly (to me anyway), spoke about coming back playing early in 2016 ....


    Paul O’Connell has revealed that he is on track to make his Toulon debut in the next number of weeks as he targets a return to action in either January or February.

    The former Ireland captain was belatedly unveiled at his new club yesterday after delaying his arrival due to the significant hamstring injury he sustained when playing for Ireland against France in October.

    He underwent surgery to re-attach the muscle to the bone and says his recovery is on track for a new year’s return.

    The 36-year-old signed for the European champions on a €1.2m, two-year deal last April but has finally arrived in the south of France.

    “It's good, it's on the mend. I've been doing physio back in Ireland, so I feel very good doing every day things,” he said at a press conference to mark his arrival in France.

    “I haven't started running yet. Hopefully, I'll be back January or February, I'm not fully sure yet.”


    http://www.independent.ie/sport/rugb...-34293611.html

  • Redgiant
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    A chapter ends on one of the worlds true great rugby players careers but Paulie being the man he is will no doubt be setting standards in whatever he turns his attentions to.
    Thank you Paul.

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  • stringerbell
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    Originally posted by blade View Post
    Still p***ed off O Connell left.
    With all his olde die for Munster stuff !!!
    It makes guys like , Hayes, Wally, Horan, O Gara,
    Leamy, etc even bigger Munster hero's.
    I'm sure all could have left for big money.
    But, I suppose times have changed.
    Haha good one... Couldn't fault the man 1 bit for leaving. Opportunity to live in a different country (especially the south of France), learn a new language and make a bucket load of cash is well... He'd be foolish not to.

    Easy to state that those lads are bigger 'hero's', but I would imagine that all/most of the players mentioned would have also taken the chance to do what O'Connell is doing when they were 36 had retirement/injury/form not prevented them

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  • blade
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    Originally posted by Munsterboy View Post
    Ah stop would you FFS?

    He was on the cusp of retirement having achieved everything there was to achieve with Munster and Ireland. The only thing he hadn't done was play abroad. He was offered a chance to experience that before hanging up his boots and he took it.
    Maybe you should change your name
    to Toulon Lad ( Joking of course )

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  • Cowboy
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    top wummery

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  • PARISHMAN1970
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    Originally posted by mac22 View Post
    To be honest im in the same boat , BUT money talks and he was a huge servant for Munster , and who are we to deny him a payday , he'll be back
    To be honest i cannot see him doing any coaching at a high level when he retires, he will be in big demand on the corporate after dinner speaking circuit and with his connections with big business he will not be short of a few job offers.

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  • Munsterboy
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    Originally posted by blade View Post
    I agree....and money is important.

    But, the timing of his move wasn't Paulie even with
    money in the scenario. I reckon there was something else that
    helped him make his decision. He understood how much he was
    engrained in Munster and that situation fueled his passion and commitment.
    He understood that his decision would have
    bigger consequences that a Zebo or Earls or anyone else leaving
    and I just can't get my head around him going.
    Nothing againt the "big man" but if we could understand why he left
    we could begin our rebuilding !
    Ah stop would you FFS?

    He was on the cusp of retirement having achieved everything there was to achieve with Munster and Ireland. The only thing he hadn't done was play abroad. He was offered a chance to experience that before hanging up his boots and he took it.

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  • blade
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    Originally posted by mac22 View Post
    To be honest im in the same boat , BUT money talks and he was a huge servant for Munster , and who are we to deny him a payday , he'll be back
    I agree....and money is important.

    But, the timing of his move wasn't Paulie even with
    money in the scenario. I reckon there was something else that
    helped him make his decision. He understood how much he was
    engrained in Munster and that situation fueled his passion and commitment.
    He understood that his decision would have
    bigger consequences that a Zebo or Earls or anyone else leaving
    and I just can't get my head around him going.
    Nothing againt the "big man" but if we could understand why he left
    we could begin our rebuilding !

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  • mac22
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    Originally posted by blade View Post
    Still p***ed off O Connell left.
    With all his olde die for Munster stuff !!!
    It makes guys like , Hayes, Wally, Horan, O Gara,
    Leamy, etc even bigger Munster hero's.
    I'm sure all could have left for big money.
    But, I suppose times have changed.

    To be honest im in the same boat , BUT money talks and he was a huge servant for Munster , and who are we to deny him a payday , he'll be back

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  • blade
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    Still p***ed off O Connell left.
    With all his olde die for Munster stuff !!!
    It makes guys like , Hayes, Wally, Horan, O Gara,
    Leamy, etc even bigger Munster hero's.
    I'm sure all could have left for big money.
    But, I suppose times have changed.

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  • whimpersnap
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    Originally posted by Brenny View Post
    He passed by me in Limerick about a week or so ago, was noticeably limping.
    He was probably just having the craic with you.

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  • TomsOnTheRoof
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    You'd have to admire Rog there. He doesn't spare the rod with the Racing lads at all.

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  • Brenny
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    He passed by me in Limerick about a week or so ago, was noticeably limping.

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  • Sulla
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    From RoG's Examiner column re Paulie.

    'His rehab is going well. He’s in Santry for some of it as we speak and they’re the best in the business.

    Racing face Toulon in the Champions Cup quarter-final on April 10 and Paulie’s going to be ready.
    I don’t mind losing to Munster, but losing to Toulon in front of our own supporters with Paulie in opposition colours doesn’t bear thinking.
    That’s too much of a horror show to contemplate, but Racing have put themselves in such a position with a no-show in Scotland last weekend.'

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/c...ty-378902.html

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  • cornerboy
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    Hope he takes loads of comic money back to Limerick.

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