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O’Connell To Quit Stade Francais

O’Connell To Quit Stade Francais

Paul O’Connell will leave his post as Stade Francais forwards coach at the end of this season by mutual consent.

The former Ireland captain, who made 108 appearances for the men in green and seven for the British and Irish Lions, began work at the French club under head coach Heyneke Meyer last August.


The 39-year-old penned a one-year deal at the time and that will be the limit of his time at Stade Jean-Bouin, with the giant former lock leaving on good terms. “I have had a great adventure at the Stade Francais,” he said. “I am grateful to the club for the opportunity they gave me to live and work in Paris.


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I was delighted to be able to work alongside Heyneke Meyer, the staff and all the club’s players.” Stade Francais issued a statement that the decision was mutual and that O’Connell would “always be considered a member of the Stade Francais Paris family”. He has been linked with a coaches role at Toulon but stressed that it was unlikely he will be involved in coaching next season.

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