Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Paul O'Connell to leave Ireland Under 20's for Top 14 role

Paul O'Connell to leave Ireland Under 20's for Top 14 role

Former Munster, Ireland and Lions captain Paul O'Connell is set to take up a shock coaching role at Top 14 side Stade Francais.

The former Lions' captain was part of the coaching set-up with the Ireland U20 side last season but will join former Munster man Mike Prendergast as part of former South African coach Heyneke Meyer's coaching team for the new season.

Although O'Gara has since departed France for New Zealand, Irish interest in French club rugby will only be intensified with Paul O'Connell making the moving there.

O'Connell retired from the game in February 2016, when he failed to recover from a hamstring injury which he sustained during the 2015 World Cup.

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"Paul will bring his value and experience to our coaching team", said former Springboks coach Meyer. "It's a major asset for the club that demonstrates the ambition of Stade Francais Paris".

Although they nearly merged with city rivals Racing 92 previous year, Stade are looking to get themselves back into the elite bracket of clubs with their new coaching ticket, led by the vastly-experienced Meyer who joined last summer.

He earned 108 caps for Ireland, winning a Grand Slam in 2009 along with Six Nations titles in 2014 and 2015.

In a teaser video by the club, O'Connell said he was very happy to be in Paris working with a great club.

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