Paul O Connell

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Ronan O’Gara during the Heineken Cup semi-final against Clermont.

Donnacha Ryan gave him a big bear hug, and one by one the rest of his team-mates consoled him before he joined Paul O’Connell at the end(...)

Clermont Auvergne’s Napolioni Nalaga scores his side’s try during the Heineken Cup semi-final at Stade de la Mosson in  Montpellier. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont 16 Munster 10: In many, many ways this was a better Munster performance than their epic quarter-final win against Harlequins. The Stade de(...)

Two inspirational figures, Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell, discuss tactics during yesterday’s captain’s run in Montpellier. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Whatever way you look at it, Clermont have been the standout team in Europe this season. They are the Cup’s only unbeaten side and whether individu(...)

Munster winger Simon Zebo is a big fan of Clermont counterpart Sitiveni Sivivatu. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s become a ritual theme of the week and is, no doubt, irritating the hell out of them all. Pick a Munster player, then pick his direct Clerm(...)

Clermont Auvergne’s scrumhalf Morgan Parra.

Last week in acknowledging the brilliance of ASM Clermont Auvergne, I also suggested Munster can win tomorrow. With a gentle 39-17 victo(...)

Former Australian great Michael Lynagh believes Paul O’Connell should captain the Lions this summer. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Australia great Michael Lynagh views Ireland’s Paul O’Connell as the best man to lead the British and Irish Lions this summer, but predicts tha(...)

Clermont Auvergne’s Jamie Cudmore is sent off following an incident with Munster’s Paul O’Connell in 2008. The two will renew acquittances on Saturday. Photograph:  James Crombie /Inpho

Paul O’Connell not only kicked the ball and Dave Kearney’s head but, as much by dint of what he said afterwards, he became the man who kicked t(...)

Munster head coach Rob Penney.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The normally indestructible Donncha O’Callaghan has been ruled out of Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Clermont this Saturday, and wi(...)

 Dave Kearney was knocked unconscious in the victory over Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dave Kearney will not be available for Leinster’s Amlin Challenge semi-final against Biarritz Olympique in Dublin on Saturday. The winger, who (...)

Alan Quinlan’s confrontation with Leo Cullen in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final resulted in a citing which cost him his place on the Lions tour that summer. Photograph: Getty Images

I was glad to see that Paul O’Connell wasn’t cited after the Leinster game the other night. At the time, I thought the ball was there to be kic(...)

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