Munster Rugby confirmed on Saturday night that Paul O’Connell will undergo surgery to correct the back problem that has had him side-lined in the recent past.
O’Connell must now be a real doubt for the Lions tour to Australia. The Irishman captained the Lions on the 2009 tour of South Africa
A statement issued read. “Following consultation between IRFU and Munster medical staff and the player himself, it has been decided that Paul O’Connell will undergo back surgery at the earliest opportunity.”
O’Connell had missed Ireland’s summer tour to New Zealand with a knee injury. He trained with the Irish squad ahead of this year’s november internationals only for his back problems to flare up again.