Paul O'Connell

Born: October 2, 1979 (age 38)


Hometown: Limerick, Ireland

Position: Lock
Team: Toulon
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell lifts the trophy after the RBS Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium on March 21, 2015
Sports Mole has 107 articles about Paul O'Connell. Articles 1 to 40:
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Paul O'Connell: Dylan Hartley would be "great captain" for Lions
Dylan Hartley has the potential to become a commanding figure for the British and Irish Lions and skipper the side in New Zealand, according to Paul O'Connell.
Oct 12, 22:22
Former England and Leicester Tigers player Martin Johnson looks on after the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Welsh at Welford Road on February 9, 2013
Martin Johnson backs Maro Itoje, George Kruis for Lions role
Martin Johnson backs England's Grand Slam-winning second row pairing of Maro Itoje and George Kruis to play a key role for the Lions next summer.
Mar 21, 15:41
Ireland captain Paul O' Connell in action during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match against France on October 11, 2015
Paul O'Connell announces retirement
Former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is forced to retire after failing to overcome a hamstring problem that he sustained at the World Cup.
Feb 9, 10:23
Rory Best passes the ball during the British and Irish Lions training session held at Scotch College on June 27, 2013
Rory Best takes over Ireland captaincy
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt picks Rory Best to captain the team for their Six Nations opener against Wales next month.
Jan 20, 14:54
Mike Ross of Ireland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1, 2015
Mike Ross to miss Ireland Six Nations opener?
Tighthead prop Mike Ross is a doubt for Ireland's Six Nations opener against Wales on February 7 having sustained a serious hamstring tear.
Dec 22, 18:47
Iain Henderson of Ireland makes a break during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on October 4, 2015
Iain Henderson to miss Ireland Six Nations campaign?
Iain Henderson faces up to six months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, according to Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss.
Dec 8, 22:38
Victor Matfield of South Africa wins the line out ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Bronze Final match between South Africa and Argentina at the Olympic Stadium on October 30, 2015
Bryan Habana: 'Victor Matfield is a colossus of the game'
South Africa winger Bryan Habana tells Sports Mole that Victor Matfield will go down as a modern great having called time on his record-breaking 127-cap career.
Oct 31, 02:44
Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013
Joe Schmidt rules out Ireland departure
Joe Schmidt says that he is "absolutely committed" to staying on as Ireland's head coach.
Oct 24, 14:55
Ireland's no. 8 Jamie Heaslip evades a tackle from Scotland's full back Stuart Hogg during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on February 2, 2014
Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip: "We gave ourselves too much to do"
Stand-in Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip admits that his team gave themselves too much to do in their RWC quarter-final by falling 17 points behind Argentina early on.
Oct 18, 16:19
Jonathan Sexton of Ireland kicks the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on October 4, 2015
Johnny Sexton fit for Ireland quarter-final
Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton is named in the starting lineup for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.
Oct 16, 13:35
Jonathan Sexton of Ireland is given treatment for a cut to his eye during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and France at Aviva Stadium on February 14, 2015
Ireland to risk Johnny Sexton against Argentina?
Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek suggests that fly-half Johnny Sexton could play against Argentina even if he is not fully fit for their Rugby World Cup quarter-final.
Oct 14, 22:01
Paul O'Connell of Ireland speaks to the media during the launch of the 2015 RBS Six Nations at the Hurlingham club on January 28, 2015 in London, England
Nathan Hines hails "immense" Paul O'Connell
Nathan Hines says that Paul O'Connell's hamstring injury "takes nothing away" from what he has achieved in his career.
Oct 13, 22:24
Sean O'Brien of Ireland takes on Matt Evans of Canada during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Canada at the Millennium Stadium on September 19, 2015
Ireland's Sean O'Brien suspended for quarter-final clash against Argentina
Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien is banned by World Rugby for his side's Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash against Argentina for punching Pascal Pape.
Oct 13, 22:02
Paul O'Connell of Ireland speaks to the media during the launch of the 2015 RBS Six Nations at the Hurlingham club on January 28, 2015 in London, England
Paul O'Connell's Ireland career ended by hamstring injury at Rugby World Cup
Paul O'Connell's international career ends prematurely as a hamstring injury rules the Ireland captain out of the Rugby World Cup.
Oct 13, 10:13
Munster's Peter O'Mahony in action during the Heineken Cup quarter final match against Ulster on April 8, 2012
Ireland's Peter O'Mahony ruled out of Rugby World Cup
Ireland back row Peter O'Mahony is ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with a knee ligament injury.
Oct 12, 12:56
Jack McGrath of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium on February 14, 2015
Jack McGrath: 'Paul O'Connell would leave a big void for Ireland'
Ireland prop Jack McGrath tells Sports Mole that the team will have a "big void" if captain Paul O'Connell is ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Oct 12, 00:07
Ian Madigan of Ireland looks to break with the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.
Result: Ireland beat France to top Pool D
Ireland finish top in Pool D after beating France 24-9 at the Millennium Stadium at the Rugby World Cup.
Oct 11, 18:38
Paul O'Connell of Ireland speaks to the media during the launch of the 2015 RBS Six Nations at the Hurlingham club on January 28, 2015 in London, England
Paul O'Connell: 'Ireland have not held anything back for France'
Paul O'Connell dismisses suggestions that Ireland have kept their powder dry ahead of their Rugby World Cup clash with Wales.
Oct 10, 14:32
Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013
Ireland make two changes for Pool D showdown against France
Ireland make two changes to the side that beat Italy as they prepare for this weekend's Pool D showdown against France in the Rugby World Cup.
Oct 9, 14:58
Iain Henderson of Ireland makes a break during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on October 4, 2015
Result: Ireland defeat Italy by seven points
Ireland defeat Italy 16-9 in the Rugby World Cup, with Keith Earls scoring the only try of the match.
Oct 4, 18:35
Conor Murray of Ireland kicks the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Half-Time Report: Ireland lead Italy by four points at half time
Ireland are beating Italy 10-6 at half time in the Rugby World Cup.
Oct 4, 17:33
Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013
Joe Schmidt makes 12 Ireland changes for Romania match
Joe Schmidt will field a much-changed Ireland XV when they face Romania in their second Rugby World Cup match on Sunday.
Sep 25, 14:36
Paul O'Connell of Ireland speaks to the media during the launch of the 2015 RBS Six Nations at the Hurlingham club on January 28, 2015 in London, England
Captain Paul O'Connell wants Ireland improvement
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell wants to see his team start better in their next Pool D fixture against Romania, following the country's 50-7 victory over Canada.
Sep 20, 12:40
Ireland's wing Dave Kearney scores a try during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Ireland and Canada at the Millenium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on September 19, 2015
Result: Ireland score seven tries, secure comfortable victory over Canada
Ireland record a comfortable victory over Canada in their Rugby World Cup opener at the Millennium Stadium, scoring seven tries in a 50-7 bonus-point win.
Sep 19, 16:21
Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013
Stephen Ferris: 'Iain Henderson should start against Canada'
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt should select Iain Henderson in the back row against Canada on Saturday, according to Stephen Ferris.
Sep 16, 14:24
Ireland's Paul O'Connell in action against New Zealand during their International match on November 24, 2013
Paul O'Connell: 'Alarm bells not ringing'
Paul O'Connell insists alarm bells are not ringing in the Ireland camp despite losing two games in a row before the World Cup.
Sep 5, 17:35
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Result: England secure composed victory over Ireland
England defeat Ireland 21-13 in a World Cup warm-up game thanks to tries from Jonny May and Anthony Watson.
Sep 5, 16:30
Anthony Watson of England breaks away from Jonny Sexton of Ireland during the QBE International match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on September 5, 2015
Live Commentary: England 21-13 Ireland - as it happened
Follow Sports Mole's live coverage of England's Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Ireland at Twickenham.
Sep 5, 13:30
Ireland's Paul O'Connell in action against New Zealand during their International match on November 24, 2013
Paul O'Connell eager for Ireland improvement
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell claims that he and his teammates are a "long, long way away" from winning the Rugby World Cup following their 10-16 loss to Wales.
Sep 4, 18:10
Simon Zebo of Ireland celebrates scoring the first try during the international friendly match between Ireland and Australia at Aviva Stadium on November 22, 2014
Seven changes for Ireland against England
Joe Schmidt makes seven changes for Ireland's clash with England at Twickenham Stadium.
Sep 3, 18:20
Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013
Jack Conan to make Ireland debut against Scotland
Leinster flanker Jack Conan is handed his Ireland debut against Scotland as coach Joe Schmidt makes 14 changes from the side that beat Wales.
Aug 13, 15:46
Rhys Ruddock of Leinster during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool Two match between Leinster Rugby and Harlequins at the Aviva Stadium on December 13, 2014
Rhys Ruddock drops out of Ireland World Cup squad through injury
Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock drops out of Ireland's World Cup squad after breaking his arm for the second time in six months.
Jun 24, 18:54
Paul O'Connell of Ireland speaks to the media during the launch of the 2015 RBS Six Nations at the Hurlingham club on January 28, 2015 in London, England
Toulon announce Paul O'Connell signing from Munster
French side Toulon formally sign Ireland's Paul O'Connell from Munster on a two-year contract.
Jun 16, 05:10
Ireland's Paul O'Connell in action against New Zealand during their International match on November 24, 2013
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell announces retirement plans
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is to retire from international rugby after the Rugby World Cup.
Jun 2, 15:38
The All Blacks perform the Haka during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2014
Top five contenders for 2015 Rugby World Cup
With less than 150 days to go until the Rugby World Cup gets underway, Sports Mole looks at the five leading contenders to go all the way.
Apr 22, 11:58
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell lifts the trophy after the RBS Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium on March 21, 2015
Toulon: 'We have not signed Paul O'Connell'
Toulon insist that Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has not agreed to join the French club.
Apr 21, 16:32
Paul O'Connell of Ireland speaks to the media during the launch of the 2015 RBS Six Nations at the Hurlingham club on January 28, 2015 in London, England
Ireland's Paul O'Connell named RBS Six Nations Player of the Championship
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is voted the RBS Player of the Championship after helping guide his side to Six Nations glory.
Mar 27, 16:47
Ben Youngs celebrates scoring a try for England in the Six Nations on March 21, 2015
England quartet shortlisted for Six Nations award
England lead the way in the Six Nations Player of the Tournament shortlist as George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Billy Vunipola and Ben Youngs are nominated for the award.
Mar 23, 16:45
Paul O'Connell of Ireland speaks to the media during the launch of the 2015 RBS Six Nations at the Hurlingham club on January 28, 2015 in London, England
Victorious Ireland skipper Paul O'Connell "very proud" of Six Nations triumph
Paul O'Connell says that he is "very proud" of his Ireland teammates for the spirit that they showed to claim back-to-back Six Nations titles.
Mar 22, 07:24
Paul O'Connell of Ireland scores the first try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on March 21, 2015
Paul O'Connell: 'Saturday showdown a great advert for Six Nations'
After leading his team to back-to-back Six Nations titles, Ireland captain Paul O'Connell credits England with the performance of the tournament against France.
Mar 21, 23:26