League 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 former 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.
|DOB||20th Oct 1979|
|Height||1.98 m (6' 6")|
|Weight||112 kg (17 st 8 lb)|
|Honours||Ireland (88 caps)|