6 Dec, 10:47
Ireland will take on South Africa, Australia and a leading European Tier 2 nation at the Aviva Stadium during the GUINNESS Series in November 2014.
Paul O'Connell answers your questions throughout the Rugby World Cup.
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Over to the Big Man:
POC: I suppose the only thing that I would consciously do would be to bless myself just before going on the pitch. I remember reading English rower Steve Redgrave's autobiography and the realisation that the superstitions he had were holding him back. He realised that he didn't need those emotional crutches and in some respects they were ready made excuses. Just because you're not wearing a lucky pair of shorts doesn't mean you can't win. There are plenty of guys who are superstitious. For example Donncha O'Callaghan puts on a new pair of white socks under his rugby ones before each game.
POC: The answer to the first part of the question would be the South African second row Victor Matfield. He is a brilliant athlete. He performs the basics of the position superbly but is also a huge contributor in general play because he's a fine footballer; very mobile with great hands. As to the second part, I'd probably buy them all a soft drink if the money would stretch that far.
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