Happy birthday Paulie; O'Connell turns 34 today 6 years ago

Happy birthday Paulie; O'Connell turns 34 today

The term legend is used far too liberally in sport, but few would argue that Paul O’Connell isn’t deserving of such a title. JOE toasts the big man on his birthday.

The Munster and Ireland lock is without doubt one of the most inspirational leaders this country has seen in any sport, and has been the heartbeat of the Irish team since making his debut against Wales in 2002.

Today the Limerick man turns 34 and while we expect plenty more from the second row before he calls time on what has been a stellar career, JOE decided to look back at some memorable moments during his career.

Of course there isn’t enough footage to highlight his influence on the pitch with his team-mates, so here are a few clips off the field showing his passion, motivation and also his sense of humour.

No better man to put the fear of God into you.

Donncha’s sunbeds

Donncha O’Callaghan might not be thanking Paulie after divulging some personal information.

Manic aggression

Unfortunatley the “fear of God” was not enough to beat the French on the day, but O’Connell played the captain’s part before the first ever game at Croke Park.

BOD’s balls and manky kicks

One of the highlights of his career, the dramatic Grand Slam in Wales.

A proud Lion

They lost the Lions Series 2-1 in South Africa, but gained serious respect after their victory in the final Test. A proud captain.