Paulie’s open mind on coaching, the week’s GAA results and O’Donnell backed to recover are the major talking points in Limerick sport today.
Rugby - O’Connell to keep options in retirement
Ireland captain Paul O’Connell, who was announced as the 2015 Guinness Rugby Writers Player of the Year for the second time in Dublin last night, is currently preparing with Joe Schmidt’s squad for his fourth World Cup experience. Toulon bound O’Connell has an open mind on life after playing. “It [coaching] does appeal to me sometimes, other times not so much. It’s a very tough lifestyle and very hard to balance if you’ve got a young family. I think that’s the biggest challenge of the job,” O’Connell said.
GAA - Busy week in local club championships
We are now nearing the business end of the local Limerick GAA season and there was plenty of action over the last week. The Senior Football Championship saw its fourth round played and all the results from that, and all the results from games played in the last week can be found here.
Rugby - “Tommy will come back better than ever” - Kilcoyne
Munster and Ireland prop forward Dave Kilcoyne believes that Tommy O’Donnell will return to his best after his latest injury setback. O’Donnell dislocated his hip in Saturday’s world cup warm up game against Wales. The injury is set to keep him out of action for the next six weeks, which means that his world cup dream is over. “ I think he did himself a huge amount of credit in that he played most of the game. That’s his first game of the season, and your heart goes out to him, because you know he would only have got better with more games under his belt,” Kilcoyne said.
GAA - McCann set for eight week ban
Tyrone half forward Tiernan McCann looks set to be handed a long term ban after his dive against Monaghan caught the attention of the CCCC. The dive resulted in the sending off of Monaghan’s Darren Hughes and has led to widespread anger directed at McCann. It is believed that the CCCC is understood to have proposed an eight week suspension for the Tyrone player. Their manager Mickey Harte has already defended his player describing him as a fine young man and said he wasn’t entirely to blame for the incident.
Soccer - Pedro denies that he wants to leave Barca
UEFA Super Cup star Pedro looks has refuted claims from Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez that he wants out of the club. The winger, who came off the bench and scored the winning goal in a 5-4 classic in last night’s UEFA Super Cup has been linked with a move to Man Utd. Fernandez made the claims before the Super Cup game but the 51 times capped Spanish international said that he barely spoke with the Barcelona technical secretary. However, it does look increasingly likely that his future lies away from Camp Nou.
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