Lock Paul O’Connell made his senior international debut against Wales in February and marked the occasion by scoring a try. Earlier in the season he made his senior debut for Munster and is seen as the natural successor to Mick Galwey at international and provincial level.. He was educated at Ard Scoil Ris in Limerick.
First Rugby Club. Young Munster.
Biggest Influence on Career. Mickey ‘Cha’ O’Halloran.
Best part of being a pro rugby player. Free meals every day.
Worst part of being pro rugby player. Having to put up with John Hayes’ habits.
Best rugby memory. Scoring try on international debut.
Worst rugby memory. Young Munster being relegated.
Most respected opponent. Noel Healy.
Sportsperson I most admire. Anna Kournakova.
Person I admire most.
Mickey ‘Cha’ O’Halloran.
Favourite Food. Roy of the Rovers bars.
Favourite Actor. David Jason.
Favourite Actress. Nikki Anderson.
Favourite Holiday Destination. Lahinch.
Ideal Holiday Partner. Still searching.
Favourite Night Spot.The High Stool.
Most Enjoyable Book. The Naked Ape.
Most embarrassing experience. Saying ‘Unreal’ 15 times in an RTE interview with Ryle Nugent.
Current Car. Bananna Coloured Fiat Punto.
Dream car. Bugatti.
Favourite TV Programme. The Office.
Favourite Band. Stratosphere.
Hobbies. Golf. Cinema. Swimming.
Do You Enjoy Buffy the Vampire Slayer. No.
Qualifications. None yet.
Life after rugby? Computer Engineering, if I finish it.