Senior Debut: v Edinburgh, August 2001, Myreside
Heineken Cup Debut: v Harlequins, September 2001, The Stoop
Club: Young Munster RFC
International Honours: Ireland School/U21/A/Senior; British & Irish Lions
Played on the same Ireland Schools side as international teammate Gordon D’Arcy and five consecutive games for Ireland Under-21s with Donncha O’Callaghan as his second row partner.
Scored a try on his senior international debut v Wales and won the Grand Slam under Declan Kidney in 2009.
Played three Tests for the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand in 2005 and in 2009 captained the squad in South Africa. Toured with the Lions for the third time in 2013 as they successfully overcame Australia, although O' Connell fractured an arm in the second test.
Captained Munster to their second Heineken Cup title in 2008 and also led the side to two Magners League trophies, in 2009 and 2011.
Returned to the Munster side in late September as a substitute against Newport Gwent Dragons after recovering for the arm injury he picked up with the Lions.
Awarded the Irish captaincy by Joe Schmidt ahead of the 2013 autumn internationals.
Played 80 minutes in each of Munster's first five Heineken Cup games of 2013/14 and was awarded Man of the Match in the 20-7 win against Gloucester at Kingsholm.
Captained Ireland to the Six Nations Championship in 2014. Missed the opener against Scotland with a chest infection before returning to play the remaining four games in the successful campaign.
Earned his 75th Heineken Cup cap in Munster's quarter final victory over Toulouse and in the same game scored his first Heineken Cup try since 2008.
|DOB||20th Oct 1979|
|Height||1.98 m (6' 6")|
|Weight||112 kg (17 st 8 lb)|
|Honours||Ireland (92 caps)|