The legendary Paul O’ Connell has played his last game for Ireland. The hamstring injury received against France has brought his glorious international career to an end. The Ireland captain had intended bowing out at the end of the World Cup and was set to join Toulon in France, though that move could now be in doubt due to his injury.
A statement from the IRFU read, "Paul O'Connell suffered a significant hamstring injury and will undergo surgery this week. "Paul will not play again at Rugby World Cup 2015 and his time out of the game will depend on the outcome of the surgery."
An inspirational player and leader, O’ Connell was capped 108 times for Ireland and played a major part in the 2009 Six Nation’s Grand Slam. The former Lions captain also inspired Munster to two Heineken Cup successes.