Stade Francais & Paul O’Connell Release Joint Statement

Au revoir.

French giants Stade Fracais have confirmed forwards coach Paul O’Connell will depart the Top 14 side at the end of the current season. O’Connell joined the Parisian outfit on a two-year deal last summer, but will now depart after just one season at the helm.

In a short statement released on the French club’s website, O’Connell announced his intention to depart and revealed he will not be joining another club – putting an end to rumours he may join Toulon.

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“I have decided not to stay beyond my contract year with the club and do not plan to join another club next season either,” O’Connell’s statement read.

“I had a great adventure at the Stade Français Paris. I am grateful to the club for the opportunity they gave me to live and work in Paris.”

“I was delighted to be able to work alongside Heyneke Meyer, the staff and all the club’s players.”

“Finally, I am looking forward to the end of the season and I hope to be able to help the club during the eventual finals of the Top 14.”

The French club also expressed their gratitude to the Irish coach:

“Paul O’Connell is and will always be considered a member of the Stade Francais Paris family.”