Legendary Irish lock Paul O’Connell has played his final game for his country after suffering a hamstring injury in the game against France on Sunday. In the 2016 Six Nations England Rugby take on Ireland at Twickenham for what is sure to be an epic clash and you can see all the action with our Twickenham hospitality packages.
O’Connell was due to retire at the end of the World Cup when he will join European giants Toulon. But just before the half-time whistle the 35-year-old went down after an awkward tackle, he left the field on a stretcher and required oxygen. Scans have revealed the second-row requires surgery and could be out for several months.
It is a major blow to Ireland’s hopes, as O’Connell is the heartbeat of the side.
Since making his test debut in 2002 the Munster second-row has gone on to win over 100 caps for his country, as well as winning seven caps for the British and Irish Lions. After captaining the 2009 tour, he went on to be a key part of the 2013 Lions, despite only playing in the first test. His performance in that game will go down as one of the best in the history of the famous red jersey.
For Ireland he has been always been ‘Mr. Consistent’ and was part of the side that won the Grand Slam in 2009, Irelands first in the history of the RBS Six Nations. He also captained his country to two Six Nations titles and four Triple Crowns.
His CV at both club and international level is outstanding, and there is no doubt that he is one of the greats of the game.
Ireland will now be looking to find the man to replace POC in the famous number 5 jersey. Who will be wearing it when England play Ireland in the 2016 6 Nations Championships.