IRELAND captain Paul O’Connell will undergo surgery for his hamstring injury this week following confirmation that the Limerick man has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby World Cup.
An IRFU statement issued this Tuesday confirmed 35-year-old O’Connell suffered a ‘significant hamstring injury’ during Ireland’s epic Rugby World Cup Pool D victory over France at the Millennium Stadium.
The length of time O’Connell is facing on the sidelines ‘will depend on the outcome of the surgery.’
O’Connell is due to take up a two-year contract with French Top 14 side Toulon after the World Cup - but he will have to wait until after his surgery this week to know how long he will be out of the game for.
O’Connell won 108 caps for Ireland over a glittering 13 year career. The towering second row also played 175 times for Munster and captained the Lions on their tour of South Africa in 2009. His international career highlight came with 2009’s Six Nations Grand Slam. He finished his Munster career at the end of last season.
Mike McCarthy has been called up to the Ireland squad in place of O’Connell. McCarthy will arrive in Cardiff today, Tuesday.