O’Connell likely to exit Munster this summer

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster legend: Paul O'Connell hailed as an 'incredible ambassador' by the Mayor. Picture: Sportsfiel
MUNSTER’S talismanic second row Paul O’Connell admitted that he had ‘probably’ played his final game for the province at Thomond Park following their dramatic 21-18 Guinness PRO12 semi-final win over the Ospreys.

MUNSTER’S talismanic second row Paul O’Connell admitted that he had ‘probably’ played his final game for the province at Thomond Park following their dramatic 21-18 Guinness PRO12 semi-final win over the Ospreys.

O’Connell and his team mates waved to supporters in the crowd as the players did a lap of the stadium following their nail-biting win, fuelling speculation that it may be the Limerick man’s final appearance in the red jersey at the venue.

O’Connell may opt to retire from playing after this autumn’s Rugby World Cup or see out his career playing abroad, possibly with Toulon in France.

O’Connell told Sky Sports: “It probably is the last time you will see me at Thomond Park in a Munster jersey.

“As I have said before, the summer will be the time for making those decisions, but it is probably the last time I will play here for Munster.”

O’Connell admitted he endured an anxious few moments late on as the Ospreys threatened to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with Matavesi racing over, only for the try to be disallowed for an earlier knock-on.

O’Connell said: “I thought I had missed the tackle that had cost us the game. “I was fairly sure it was a knock-on so I was running back praying that he would go back to the TMO and check. I was delighted when I saw it was a knock-on.

“It is a strange feeling at the moment - we did a lot of things really well but then shot ourselves in the foot completely.”

O’Connell and his team mates head to Belfast on Saturday next for a Guinness PRO12 final showdown with Glasgow at Kingspan Stadium, 6.30pm.