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Donncha O'Callaghan Kills It With Story About Munster And Worcester WhatsApp Groups

Donncha O'Callaghan Kills It With Story About Munster And Worcester WhatsApp Groups
By PJ Browne Updated

Two years on from leaving Munster, Donncha O'Callaghan's career is still going strong. For the second consecutive season, he was named Worcester Supporters Club Player of the Year.

O'Callaghan also took over as team captain this season as the club avoided relegation.

Speaking on Newstalk's Off The Ball on Thursday night, the 38-year-old, one of the real characters of Irish rugby, said that he still loves playing.

Brian O'Driscoll, who was also in attendance at the live broadcast from the Mansion House, interjected saying that perhaps the realities of life and the need for an income had something to do with O'Callaghan's enduring career. The second row agreed, saying that 'cutting Anthony Horgan's grass', his current 'exit strategy', doesn't feel so appealing at the moment.

O'Callaghan has noticed a generation gap between himself and his current teammates. He illustrated this with a story about two of the WhatsApp groups he's currently in. One features his old Munster teammates and the other his Worcester ones.

I'm loving togging out.

It's different now though, the dressing room is different now.

It's funny. I'm in two WhatsApp groups, the old lads I played with and the Worcester boys.

You've one group - and I don't know how PC this is - one group is slagging a few of the lads that are going for the snip. The other group is chatting about how they can get 40 per cent off botox down in Cheltenham.

What do you do? You can't reply to either, you're in this horrible, horrible world.

To further drive home this point O'Callaghan said he's sometimes found himself getting on better with the parents of teammates. The father of 18-year-old Ted Hill is one particular example.

Just trying to drag chat out of him in incredibly tough.

He lives in the academy house. One of the days his dad came in. So, being a complete pothole, I sat in between them, 'How are you getting on lads?'

I had an incredible conversation with his dad who was a police officer in the North in the 80s and just had incredible stories.

I just felt like giving Ted a pound and telling him go to the shop.

Earlier this year, in an appearance on TV3's Clubhouse, O'Callaghan hung roommate Matt Cox out to dry, calling him a Tinder predator. O'Callaghan said he didn't get in too much trouble for the disclosure.


I didn't get in a whole lot of trouble because it was true. It's amazing. He tried to leave on that he was disappointed but he was loving that his Twitter following was going up with Irish girls. He was there, 'Look at this, this girl's from Kilkenny.'

My roomate at the moment is a 27-year-old, Matt Cox. He's more in a structured relationship at the moment, so I can't hammer him.

It's been eye-opening to see how the dating scene has changed and moved on to Tinder.

Though he lives in England, O'Callaghan's family live in Cork. Being married has made him a poor wingman option for Cox.

He got odd with me one night because he had matched with an Irish girl from Dublin. She was over in Cheltenham and wanted to meet up.

He said, 'Will you come with me, you're both from Ireland, you can chat about home and then hopefully I'll swoop in and we're away.'

I was like, 'Look, Coxy, I've no interest in that.' He said, 'Don't worry, she's bringing a friend.' I got to the point with him where I had to say, 'I'm a married man with four kids.'

He was like, 'No man, you're just a brutal wingman.'

Picture credit: Sportsfile

You can listen to Donncha O'Callaghan on Off The Ball below.

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