Paul O’Connell Opens Up On His Future Plans Following Stade Francais Departure

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy

Future plans.

Former Ireland and Munster lock Paul O’Connell has revealed he plans on taking a year out to focus on punditry following his departure from Stade Francais at the end of the season.

O’Connell was forwards coaching at the French side, but decided to part ways just one year into his two-year contract. But is O’Connell interested in getting back into coaching?

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, O’Connell says once his TV commitments are done he is interested in getting back into a coaching role.

“I am working at the World Cup in Japan with ITV, working at the Six Nations with BBC, so I am going to spend the year working in TV and probably travelling to a few clubs and learning a little bit.” O’Connell said.

“We had a brilliant time at Stade Francais, loved living in Paris, loved learning the language. I really enjoyed coaching and working with the players, but I think they have a different way of doing things to maybe what we are used to.”

“The ideal scenario would have been to spend two years there. Unfortunately we only spent one, but that’s it.”

“We will look, I think, next season possibly. It definitely whetted my appetite for coaching, I dunno whether it is the be-all-and-end-all for me, but it definitely whetted my appetite. I would like to do something again. When and where that will be, I’m not too sure.”