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Paul’s Blog: Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Paul’s Blog: Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Paul O’Connell keeps us up to date with his recovery from the groin problem which sidelined him for Ireland’s summer tour. Admittedly, it has been ‘a slow process’, but the Munster and Ireland lock can seeing the finishing line now.

It’s been an unbelievably frustrating time for me of late but I’m happy that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s given me plenty of time to catch up on some reading material. I was given Andre Agassi’s autobiography and I’d have to say my views on the man changed after reading it.

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I’ll always be an admirer of his as a tennis player but the manner in which he comes across on other levels wouldn’t appeal to me. I have just picked up ‘Too Big to Fail: Inside the Battle to Save Wall Street.’

My Munster team-mate Felix Jones has a wonderful collection when it comes to boxing, on a couple of hard drives, and I have spent a lot of time watching the Boxing 24/7 series, which includes pre-fight build-up including training sessions, the fights themselves and the post fight pronouncements of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton. After watching that, I missed the training even more!

I gave up watching ‘The Pacific’ – it is nowhere near as good as ‘Band of Brothers’ – and instead took in a few matches (Cork v Kerry, draw and replay, and the Monaghan v Armagh game) in the Munster and Ulster Football Championships.

I haven’t watched much of the soccer World Cup but that’ll be something that will change later in the tournament.

The defeat against the All Blacks was hugely disappointing and a little bit shocking. I’m not a great spectator at the best of times but that was an excruciating morning’s viewing.

(Regarding the injury), things are on the mend and I am heading in the right direction. It’s been a slow, at times desperately so, process but I can see the finishing line, which is important mentally and physically.

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