POC not heading to Toulon

Date published: April 30 2015

Paul O'Connell has ruled out a move to Toulon for next season despite speculation linking him to the European champions.

Bakkies Botha and Ali Williams are both retiring at the end of the season, leaving Toulon a little short of options at lock, and as a result, they are believed to be interested in the former British and Irish Lions captain.

After initial reports surfaced however, the club denied they were in contact with the Ireland skipper, who still has a year left on his current deal.

And O'Connell explained that because of his contract with Ireland, he is almost certain to stay put at Munster, unless he decides to retire at the end of the season.

"There are no options to do anything, I am on contract with Ireland until 2016," the 35-year-old told the Irish Independent

"I suppose it does rule it out really. Yeah, it does.

"The fact I haven't been really clear about when I'm finishing, about what I am going to do when I'm finished, probably adds to it (the speculation).

"I thought I would be fully sure about what I was going to do, when I would finish, but I am probably not. I'm looking to finish out the end of the season with Munster and make some decisions with Emily (his wife) then over June. I certainly haven't spoken to Toulon or been over there.

"When Brian (O'Driscoll) was retiring and went for one more year, he was 100 percent sure he was retiring that summer. I suppose it just clears up any ambiguity, any doubts about what he's doing. I am not just there yet. I am 90 percent sure of what I am doing but I am not 100 percent sure.

"If I came out and said this is what I will do and I was retiring on such and such a date and had a change of heart, It'd look silly and I'd end up married to something I didn't want be so that is where I am at the moment. The decision is still up in the air."