The IRFU are anxious to secure the services of Paul O’Connell.
Since Paul O’Connell was forced to retire in February after failing to recover from the hamstring injury he sustained during the World Cup, the legendary second row has been linked with a number coaching positions throughout Europe.
First came the obvious link with Munster, followed by reports of interest from both Grenoble and Harlequins. Although it was subsequently made clear that O’Connell was only visiting their training centres, it nevertheless suggested that his services were in demand.
Therefore it was little surprise to read in the Irish Independent, that the 108 times capped Irish Irish international is currently in talks with the IRFU over a possible coaching role.
The IRFU’s performance director, David Nucifora, revealed in the newspaper, ‘We’ve been chatting with Paul about what his future looks like’.
Although the Australian did say ‘he’ll make his decision when he’s ready about what exactly he wants to do’, it would appear that the IRFU are eager to land the services of O’Connell, with Nucifora adding that the Munster legend has a lot to offer.
You don’t want to waste a resource like Paul O’Connell, he’s got a lot to offer Irish rugby going forward.
We’re just working with Paul to work out the best way of utilising what he brings to our game.
As of yet however, it remains unclear as to what role the legendary second row might take up.
While a return to Munster might seem a logical step, the IRFU may want to utilise O’Connell’s talents within the framework of the national set up.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena