The days of Paul O’Connell’s training may be over.
After retiring as a player, the Munster legend drowned in toe water, first in the Ireland Under-20s and later with the Stade Franchises. But he was adamant about whether to continue on the path.
He currently deals with two minors and the Young Monster Seniors, describing the professional gig as “very complete”: a game on Saturday, a five-hour video on Sunday, and then everything next week on Monday.
“Those are the longest and most intense days of your life,” he said this week.
The problem is that the sides of the gig are still attractive. He sees more rugby now than ever before, and he enjoys talking to coaches and referees. The question is whether he has now called the time or whether those aspirations have stopped.
“I don’t know if it has stopped. This is not something that greatly increases my appetite right now. I love coaching, I love coaching kids, minors. I love helping my club team when I can, but I also love my weekends. So this is a catch 22. ”
For years, Munster fans had hoped O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara would return to Thomont Park as a dream coaching ticket, but the former future partnership is unlikely now, but the candidacy is stronger than ever.
His first head coach role at La La Rochelle, where he worked as an assistant at Racing 92 and the Crusaders, and O’Connell was impressed by his old colleague’s ability to connect with players of all ages.
“Last week’s big win against Castres was the best win this weekend against Bordeaux. Slowly but surely, many of his methods enter La Rochelle.
“We have a great coaching staff right now, but I want to see him coach at Munster. Young players love him and identify with him. He seems to be able to get the best out of people and there is such a beautiful way about him. ”
Although O’Connell was encouraged by the recent increase in the number of homegrown players on the pitch in Munster, they know how the province has benefited from the protracted external influences of Rice Ellison, John Langford, Alan Gaffney and Graham Steedman.
Ogara’s experience outside of the Irish system, associated with his clear closeness and understanding of the Munster mind, he believes would be a successful combination of that man and his native province.
Focus continues on the national team this week.
Ireland’s transition to a less structured model has not been in line with the broader trends, but O’Connell still feels that the subtle change of coach, which is more inclined to the framework left after Joe Schmid, is a “bold one.” Long and successful mission.
A title for Ireland in Paris remains a long shot, but another win over the top performers would signify much progress after the wet squabble in 2019, meanwhile, putting players in the shop window for the Lions South tour this summer in Africa.
“Winning a championship will give everyone confidence in their methods and stick to what they do.”
O’Connell, now the Lions’ ambassador, is busy compiling lists of Irish tourists. The wild card pick is a Leinster back row, who returned from a knee injury with Zebre after 18 last month.
“(Thudg) When Furlong returns, James Ryan, Gary Ringross, (Jonathan) Sexton: I was the only one hit in the Irish. Bolter is Dan Levy. Some players can do certain things, but very few people can do this and he can do everything. ”
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