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Paul to join Les Rouges on a two-year contract

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IT was probably the worst kept secret in rugby of the past decade but Toulon are reported to have confirmed the signing of Munster and Ireland second-row Paul O’Connell on a two year deal.
The immediate reaction in Limerick is one of joy with almost all local fans wishing him well and hoping that he can finish out his stellar career in France with further successes and without injury.
According to the RTE Sport website tonight Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed the deal which beat the French transfer deadline by only a couple of hours.
36 year old O’Connell played all of his club rugby with Limerick side Young Munster, starting in the underage teams under the guidance of then youth coach Mickey Cross. Winner of 101 Ireland caps so far, Paul has reached legendary status since first playing with Munster in 2002 and he went on to win Heineken Cup winners medals in 2006 and 2008, three Celtic League titles with the Irish province, Six Nations successes as well as staring in two Lions tours.
In Limerick, we have followed O’Connell’s progress since he first came to prominence with the black and ambers youth sides and he carried that consistency into Munster Schools Cups at junior and senior levels with Ardscoil Ris.
We join with everybody else on this island in wishing Paul every success in this final and possibly most exciting chapter of his rugby career and Toulon games are now going to receive closer scrutiny than ever from Irish tv viewers over the coming two seasons.

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