Paul O'Connell: Stade Francais name former Ireland captain as forwards coach


Former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been named as forwards coach by Top 14 side Stade Francais.

The former Munster, Ireland and Lions captain will become the club's forwards coach, with particular focus on the lineout, and joins Mike Prendergast, the former Munster scrum-half, on the new-look coaching staff.

Although O'Gara has since departed France for New Zealand, Irish interest in French club rugby will only be intensified with Paul O'Connell making the moving there.

"This is a major asset for the club and it shows the ambition of Stade Francais".

Limerick man O'Connell, who was forced to retire due to injury in February 2016, has signed a two-year contract with the option of a further year.

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"I never make promises that I can't keep, I like to under-promise and over-deliver", said Meyer at his unveiling in Paris earlier this year.

He earned 108 caps for Ireland, winning a Grand Slam in 2009 along with Six Nations titles in 2014 and 2015.

O'Connell's first foray into coaching came with the Irish Under 20's as an assistant coach to Noel McNamara, joining the set-up in December previous year.

"I'm very happy to be in Paris and working with this great club", the 38-year-old said in a short video released by Stade Francais.