Paul O’Connell has admitted that he regrets not playing outside Ireland during his playing career and says that he will strongly consider a coaching role abroad once he retires.
The 33 year old has amassed close to 150 appearances for Munster during the course of his career. This figure would no doubt be even higher was it not for the considerable injury problems he has suffered during the course of a career that has seen the game get ever more physical.
While the iconic second row has doubtless enjoyed his extremely successful career with Munster, one which has seen him win two Heineken Cups he has spoken of his regret of not testing himself abroad.
“I would like to play or coach abroad,” O’Connell told the Rugby Paper.
“One of the things is that I’ve only ever lived in Limerick all my life. Even though I was involved with Munster through the great years when we were winning Heineken Cups, it is a bit of a regret of mine.
“I could have taken the opportunity rugby would have given me to play abroad, but it would have been very hard to leave. But I’d have no problem doing what Rog [Ronan O'Gara] did and move abroad to coach.”
Munster fans will hope however that their talismanic second row, who has been replaced by Peter O’ Mahony as captain will still have a few years left in him in the red jersey.
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