Paul O’Connell won’t have to sort out a ticket for his mum, ahead of the France game. She’s gone and sorted it herself.

Shelagh O’Connell entered a competition for Ireland v France tickets, in the Irish Examiner.

The winner was chosen at random and Paulie’s mum hit the jackpot.

She commented,

“He doesn’t get tickets until the day of the game. But, to be honest, match tickets are not the problem. It’s the flights and actually getting there. For the last game, when Ireland played Canada in Cardiff, we had to fly into London, followed by a four-hour drive to Cardiff. I wasn’t the best after sitting in the car for four hours.”

“And I’m really looking forward to flying straight to Cardiff and having somewhere to stay, which in Cardiff is a huge problem.”