Paul O’Connell announced his retirement from rugby this morning, and the giant Limerick man goes down as one of the best second row forwards in the sport’s history.
Munster and Ireland are without a leader and an icon, and everybody was disappointed to see the lock not get the chance to see out his career at Toulon.
Indeed his last appearance on a rugby pitch proved to be the World Cup Pool D clash with France in the Millennium Stadium, where he was applauded off the field by the capacity crowd.
The tributes have been pouring in today from many former teammates, but we may have found the most touching yet.
Jamie Cudmore of Canada and Clermont had several clashes with O’Connell over the years, none more famous than their bout at Thomond Park.
Video via Steven Benjamin Cole.
However, the Canadian posted this classy tweet today, and it is clear that the hatchet is well and truly buried.
— Jamie Cudmore (@JNCudmore) February 9, 2016
Top class stuff.
Happy retirement, Paulie!
Hat-tip to Sportsjoe.