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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# poc

Last month
March 2023
# Paulie
'The harder it is, the better... I was happy Atonio wasn’t sent off'
Ireland forwards coach Paul O’Connell is a huge influence behind the scenes.
Last year
# mauled
Immense performance from POC's Irish forwards at heart of win over Boks
The maul was the key battleground in an absorbing Test in Dublin.
All time
# Analysis
Paul O'Connell's influence continues to grow as Ireland's pack dominates
The former Munster and Ireland lock has made a big impact since joining in January.
# Nous
O'Connell excited by 'dynamic' Ireland pack as coaching journey continues
This time a year ago, O’Connell wasn’t keen on being in involved in the professional game.
# production line
Ireland's XV includes 12 players who came through the Leinster academy
The three other starters are natives of New Zealand.
# Role Model
Hole-in-one, looking up to POC, and physical battles - Hill's rise to the Lions
The England lock gets a start for the Lions this weekend.
# Nous
O'Connell the perfect fit for Lions if Gatland is going to add 'extra resource'
The Lions head coach said they ‘may bring someone else in a little bit later on.’
# rugby brain
England wary of O'Connell influence ahead of lineout battle with Ireland
Ireland have made 14 lineout steals so far in this championship.
# back five
O'Connell marvels at modern locks Baird and Beirne
‘The place for a workhorse second row that hits rucks all day, I don’t know how long more there is in the game for him.’
# 6 Nations
'We have to be hard to beat, we can’t give things away and give teams a leg up'
Paul O’Connell admits it has been a challenge to hold back some detail from Ireland players.
# Out of the bubble
Pro coaching 'too full-on' for O'Connell as he enjoys watching Ireland change
The 41-year-old isn’t looking to get back into the game in a permanent coacing role.
# Paulie
'Paul is here to observe, share his experience and try to connect with the boys'
Ireland have welcomed Paul O’Connell and former team manager Mick Kearney back into their set-up.
# Au Revoir
'I won't be back in the short-term future': Paul O'Connell rules out immediate Munster return
The Stade Francais coach said he must gather more experience before a potential return.
# Brain power
'I wouldn't say yes or no' - Van Graan on prospect of POC and ROG returns
The Munster boss said O’Gara is ‘possibly the most sought-after coach in the world.’
# poc
O'Connell set to end stint as forwards coach with Stade Francais
Reports in France say both O’Connell and Mike Prendergast will move from Heyneke Meyer’s backroom team.
# Irish Abroad
O'Connell takes next coaching step as Stade Français look for return to glory
The former Munster and Ireland lock has signed a two-year contract with the Top 14 club.
# Paulie
Paul O'Connell takes up coaching role with Top 14 side Stade Français
The Munster and Ireland legend will link up with close friend Mike Prendergast in Paris.
# Paulie
O'Connell wary of overloading U20s with too much information in search of solutions
The Ireland assistant coach says there is so much detail in the modern game that it can often muddle a young player’s thinking.
# New blood
The sky's the limit for Ryan, but O'Kelly stresses importance of durability
‘Devin Toner doesn’t get injured, he injures people.’
# future stars
POC 'a huge addition' as ambitious Ireland U20s look to Six Nations
Noel McNamara’s squad includes 11 players previously capped at this level.
# Academy Man
'Expectations are probably realistic in Munster for the first time in a long time'
Paul O’Connell feels a top-four finish would be a fine season for the province.
'It's massively important Joe stays' - POC hoping Schmidt signs
The former Ireland captain believes Schmidt can stay ahead of the game.
# In Demand
Paul O'Connell turns down forwards coaching role with Grenoble
The 36-year-old has yet to make a decision on his future in rugby.
# Paulie
Paul O'Connell has been talking to the IRFU about his coaching future
The 36-year-old former lock has been in discussions with the union.
# Legends
O'Gara and O'Connell want to team up in dream coaching duo
The Racing 92 coach said he is not yet ready for a return to Munster.
# Paulie
Paul O'Connell was keeping a watchful eye on Grenoble training this afternoon
He wasted little time in getting down to business on the training paddock.
# paulie's holiday
Paul O'Connell cutting his coaching chops with Grenoble for 'a few days' (or weeks)
This is not good news for Connacht.
# poc
'The smallest things made the biggest difference, he was good at that'
Paul O’Connell remains highly respected by all in the current Ireland squad.
# similarities
POC: Toulon supporters are similar to Munster fans in that they love the team
The legendary lock sees lots of likenesses between Munster and his new club.
# POC in France
O'Connell hopeful of return early in 2016 as he begins new life in Toulon
The 36-year-old said he is nervous about his new life with the three-time European champions.
# Paulie in Red
Munster and Ireland legend Paul O'Connell has been unveiled as a Toulon player
The 36-year-old is currently at his first RCT press conference.
# Legend
The 2017 Lions tour 'definitely' isn't part of Paul O'Connell's plans
The 36-year-old will be focusing on rehabbing his hamstring injury in the short term.
# Fallen Giant
'It's the worst injury pain I've had' - POC could be out for eight months
The second row will make his move to Toulon in December.
# do it for paulie
Ireland look for Toner and Henderson to thrive after losing legend O'Connell
There is no doubt Ireland are now a weaker team, but they have strong options in the second row.
# Lock Change
McCarthy set to join Ireland squad after scans confirm O'Connell injury
The Ireland captain will need surgery on the hamstring injury he sustained against France.
# Respect
France captain Dusautoir salutes 'warrior' O'Connell after serious injury
The Ireland skipper suffered an horrific hamstring injury against the French.
# paulie's word
Watching the All Blacks struggle last night made POC feel better about 2007
The Ireland squad have been watching more rugby than ever in what is a superb World Cup.
# Home Interests
POC: 'There’s a plan to watch the All-Ireland final tomorrow alright!'
The Ireland captain says some of the squad will watch France in action this evening.
# Giddy
Paul O'Connell: 'We were like a bunch of guys going on a school tour'
The Ireland captain is filled with excitement at the prospect of getting the World Cup underway.