Paul O’Connell & Irish Rugby Set To Have Ryder Cup Role


European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is adopting Irish rugby’s “shoulder to shoulder” theme as his team’s philosophy this week.

Clarke, born and raised in Northern Ireland, is also bringing in retired Irish Rugby great Paul O’Connell to speak to his team Tuesday night with that theme in mind.

Part of my whole thought process for this week is shoulder to shoulder, one team, one unit,” Clarke said.

“As you know, shoulder to shoulder, with the rugby background that I have, it resonated with me. It was something that I pursued through my captaincy.

“There’s no finer an example of shoulder to shoulder than Paul O’Connell.

He has legendary status both at home and in terms of leading the British Lions, who obviously always play away from home. So with us being away from home, he was my option and choice to come and address the team this evening. I’m very excited to hear what he has to say and the way that he’s going to put his thoughts across.”

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