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Published: 10:32 | 11/7/16

O'Connell takes up Munster Academy role

Former lock will join in advisory role

Paul O'Connell is to join the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy in an advisory role with immediate effect.

The former Munster captain, who spent 14 years with the province, was forced to call time on his career in February as a result of the hamstring injury he suffered in Ireland Rugby World Cup win over France in October 2015.

Since his retirement he has been linked with a number of positions but he has opted to join the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy in a part-time capacity for one year.

"Every club in the world would love to have an iconic figure such as Paul O'Connell involved in their set-up. As a Limerick native and proud Munster and Irishman who has played and led teams for Munster, Ireland and the Lions, we were very eager to secure his services in some capacity," Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald stated.

"We certainly couldn't let this resource and opportunity go and we are hugely thankful to the Commercial Board for their support in making this a reality.

"An appointment such as this is a further boost to our academy staff and young players, and to the organisation as a whole. As always we continue to strive for best in class and this latest appointment further highlights our ambition as we embark on a new chapter for the province, operating from our new high performance centre in UL."

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