So far the reaction to Paul O'Connell's injury and subsequent international retirement has been full of tributes about the greatness of the man.
But we here at Balls feel the need to bring a bit of levity to what has been a sad day for Irish rugby. Next are some photos of Limerick man with less fire and brimstone and more of his humorous and amusing side.
The man loved a good chuckle either at training with Munster or with Ireland the man loved a good laugh at training.
Here O'Connell showcases the quintessential 'cheeky grin' at a press conference.
Here he wrestles a snake at the 2003 world cup.
It doesn't snow much but when it does Paul O'Connell loved it!
He Was Also a renowned Piggy Back Enthusiast.
The man loved a squad joke. (Sidenote look at the laugh from the Bull).
Boosters at the ready.
Even the great man wasn't immune to someone letting rip in the gym.
The pure joy in making a line break.
The passion exhibited in scoring your first try for Ireland.
John Hayes lineout lifting wasn't high enough so he decided to suspended himself from the sky tower in New Zealand.
Rocking the circular glasses better than Elton John.
But nothing gave the proud Irish and Munster man more joy than that winning feeling!!
Photo Credit: Sportsfile
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