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French Club Planning Big Move For Paul O'Connell After The World Cup

French Club Planning Big Move For Paul O'Connell After The World Cup
By PJ Browne Updated

Paul O'Connell has been linked with a move to French side Pau in Midi Olympique today. Pau are currently top of the Pro D2 and count former Munster no.8 James Coughlan amongst their numbers.

The paper say that another former Munster employee, Simon Mannix, is the one trying to bring O'Connell to France. Mannix is currently head coach of the side.

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Bringing O'Connell to Pau after the World Cup does have a road block though. He signed a two-year deal with the IRFU at the start of this year which will keep him at Thomond Park until June 2016. French clubs have been used by Irish players in the past to their improve negotiating positions with the IRFU, so it is possible that this is an early ploy by O'Connell's management team to get a slightly better deal for what could be his last in rugby.

That said, in the past. O'Connell has stated that not moving abroad is a small regret of his.

Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

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