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Paul O'Connell is in talks over role at IRFU

By Ruaihdri O'Connor

The IRFU have held discussions with former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell with a view to him taking up a coaching position within the game.

The legendary second-row has visited a number of professional set-ups since deciding to retire in February after he failed to overcome the hamstring injury he suffered at the World Cup.

He hasn't publicly stated his ambition to coach and has largely kept a low profile since hanging up his boots, appearing as a pundit during the Six Nations and the Champions Cup final.

IRFU performance director David Nucifora revealed negotiations with the Munster man began before he decided to retire.

"We've been chatting with Paul about what his future looks like," the Australian said. "He'll make his decision when he's ready about what he wants to do. You don't want to waste a resource like Paul, he's got a lot to offer."

Nucifora confirmed the union want Joe Schmidt to remain as Ireland coach until 2019, but said they are ready to replace him from within if he chooses to quit.

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