O’Connell’s captaincy comes to an end

After six years leading Munster, Paul O’Connell has said it’s time for some one else to take the captaincy off him at the province.

The 32 year old says it’s time for a fresh start at Thomond Park, and as he is unavailable for much of the RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures due to commitments with Ireland he think it may be best to step aside.

“I really enjoyed doing it. I’ve done it for six years now. It’s something I thoroughly enjoyed, probably not as much in the first few years as I did in the last few years, but I think it might be time for a change at Munster,” O’Connell said.

I’ve done it for a long time, Rob (Penney) is coming in as a new coach and it might be a time for change, but it’s undecided at the moment. We might take another week or so to figure of what we’re going to do, so we’ll see what happens.”

Penney said of O’Connell and the captaincy: “Paul is a magnificent leader in his own right and a magnificent man and a critical member of Irish and Munster rugby.

“We haven’t confirmed our captain as yet and that process is ongoing.”

All Black Doug Howlett looks most likely to assume the role when the season kicks off for Munster away to Edinburgh on Saturday, September 1st.

William Hill Sports


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