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    Paul O'Connell to Retire



    Paul O'Connell has been forced to retire from rugby and has issued the following statement:
    It is with deep regret that I have decided to retire from professional rugby following medical advice. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all at Rugby Club Toulonnais for their understanding and support over the past few months.
    Since sustaining the injury at the World Cup I have been fully focused on returning to fitness and starting an exciting new chapter for both myself and my family in Toulon. Unfortunately this will no longer be possible.
    I have been blessed to be a professional rugby player for over 14 years and to be part of Munster and Ireland teams that have experienced success. I have played with some of the best players to ever line out in the red of Munster and the green of Ireland and have had the privilege of captaining my country.
    I would like to thank those at Young Munster RFC, Munster Rugby, the IRFU and Lions Rugby who have supported me over the course of my playing career.
    Special thanks must go to my wife Emily for her unwavering support through the good and the bad and to my parents Michael and Shelagh.
    Lastly I would like to thank everyone who has supported the teams I have been a part of. The support you have shown me is humbling and an immense source of pride for both myself and my family.
    Paul O’Connell
    "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

    #2
    That's very sad. thanks for the memories Paul

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      #3
      Unexpected.

      I wonder what's next for him?
      Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
      Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

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        #4
        Ended the playing of the game the way he played the game, fearless and willing to risk it all for the team, fitting that injury forced him to quit because he put the body on the line no matter what.

        Kinda reminds me of the Wally ender.
        I am the million man.

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          #5
          Sad news, but that's the life of a pro player. Owes no one anything.
          Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

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            #6
            He was the greatest Irish captain I've had the pleasure to see in 30 yrs watching rugby.

            A force of nature, I hope putting his body on the line for all those years doesn't impact too much on his health in retirement

            I look forward to seeing what Paulie does in the next phase of his life, the man is a superstar.

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              #7
              Can we just make him head coach already?

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                #8
                At least we won't have to face him in a Toulon jersey! Not that that is any consolation.

                As has been said, owes us nothing. Enjoy you're retirement Paulie.
                "Strike me flamin' handsome!!!" - Alf Stewart

                His body is only a fuel tank for his micky - a work colleague talking about a fella he knows.

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                  #9
                  Very sad news and every success on future plans. I would love to see him back at Munster as defence or forwards coach, any time you read players speak of Paul is in the high regard of his analysis and preparation that he brings to the game.

                  Please God Munster get him involved quick in the coaching set up. If his preference is to cut his teeth elsewhere that's fair enough but at least make the play to secure his services. Would be a massive boost for Munster with the recent good news on resigning of some important players.
                  \"There\'s only 1 Dougie Howlett, only 1 Dougie Howlett, drinking in bars, dancing on cars, walking in a Dougie wonderland!!!\"

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                    #10
                    A fine man and a great rugby player.
                    Anybody who sees a psychiatrist would want their head examined.*&nb sp;Henry Ford

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                      #11
                      Really sad news that he goes out like this. He earned his Toulon opportunity and it is really upsetting that he and his family don't get to realise their plans. A career-ending injury incurred while giving your all for your country doesn't seem the right way to end it all (I'm assuming that's why he's retired).

                      What a magnificent man.
                      "I don't believe in fairytales," O'Connell once told me, "even though it feels like I've been lucky enough to live through a few. However it ends, I'll feel lucky."
                      Donald McRae, Guardian Rugby, October 2015

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by cornerboy View Post
                        A fine man and a great rugby player.
                        What can anyone say of Paul O'Connell that has not been said?

                        He gave everything.

                        Thanks man. Return to your family and to the start of your next chapter with our gratitude and admiration.

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                          #13
                          Best of luck Paulie. Thanks for the incredible memories
                          "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                          Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                          Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Cowboy View Post
                            Ended the playing of the game the way he played the game, fearless and willing to risk it all for the team, fitting that injury forced him to quit because he put the body on the line no matter what.

                            Kinda reminds me of the Wally ender.
                            Only time he was ever stretchered off in his career, and even at that, he tried to get up once before being forced back down to be carried off by the pain. Sadly had a front row seat to it all and had a feeling then we might not see him tog out again.

                            Sad he couldn’t go out on his own terms, but also a little solace that like ROG/Wally/the Bull etc. he won’t have ever played for anyone else.

                            He’s working with the BBC in Paris this weekend I hear… maybe not today but one would think he will continue to have a massive influence in Munster in the years to come....


                            Thanks for the memories POC
                            Last edited by LLCOOLJ14; 9th-February-2016, 10:55.
                            Seas suas agus troid!

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                              #15
                              Radio 1 at the moment. Lovely interview with Michael Corcoran.

                              Edit - interview just over but more on his retirement coming up.

                              What a man. A gentleman, a warrior, a leader. The man love I have for him knows no bounds.

                              Good luck to him in his future endeavours.
                              Last edited by Kavy; 9th-February-2016, 10:58.

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