France move for O’Connell?

Date published: November 18 2014

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Munster assistant coach Brian Walsh has played down talk that Paul O’Connell could leave for Section Paloise after the World Cup.

Munster assistant coach Brian Walsh has played down rumours that Paul O’Connell could leave the province for Section Paloise – formerly Pau – after next year’s Rugby World Cup.

The veteran forward, who has been playing at an exceptional level for both Munster and Ireland this season, will come off contract in June, 2016.

The Pro D2 side are coached by former Munster duo James Coughlan and Simon Mannix and currently sit atop the standings after 11 games.

“I’m not aware of this story and I don’t believe there’s any truth in it,” said Walsh when quizzed by the Irish Examiner about the speculation.

“But whatever Paul O’Connell wants to do, Paul O’Connell will do and I don’t think Munster would ever stand in his way. He’s been an unbelievable servant, himself and Donncha O’Callaghan, whether it will ever be replicated is doubtful.

“What they mean to the province and the provinces means to them, I don’t think we’ll ever see it again.”

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