Ireland captain and pack leader Paul O’Connell gives us his latest diary installment ahead of the squad’s trip to Paris to take on title holders and current Championship leaders France.
It’s been a very frustrating and disappointing time on two counts following last Sunday’s defeat to Wales. The first relates to the performance which wasn’t good enough based on the standards we set for ourselves.
The second centres on the fact that although we weren’t at our best, we probably still did enough to win the game and put ourselves in a position to get the result.
We were unfortunate with the referee’s decision (the Stephen Ferris tackle) but won’t be offering that as an excuse. We were well-placed to control our own destiny.
I’ve fielded so many questions about the shorter, six-day turnaround, but we’re well used to that from the Heineken Cup.
In a selfish way you might prefer seven or even eight days but it’s a minor matter. We’ve been well managed in terms of rest and recuperation. Training has been light and we’ve been afforded the opportunity to recharge physically.
There’s certainly a great appetite to get back out on the pitch. It’s been great having Keith (Earls) back in camp and everyone is delighted about his daughter Ella-Maye.
I’m currently reading, ‘Upstart: Friends, Foes and Founding a University’ by Ed Walsh, which is a fascinating read. Well it is to me, although I’ll have to concede that you’d have to have local knowledge to fully appreciate the book!
People have spoken about our record in Paris but it doesn’t weight heavily on us as a team. If we play to our potential then we can win. That’s within our control. It’s as a simple as that.
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