O'Connell – Ireland's warrior king

Ireland's lock Paul O'Connell, who will turn 36 on October 20, has for nearly 13 years been the engine room of the Irish packFew people would begrudge Paul O’Connell if the Irish colossus was to lift the World Cup trophy on October 31, such has been his contribution to the game. The lock — who will turn 36 on October 20 and who for nigh on 13 years has been literally the engine room of the Irish pack — may lack the poster boy looks of iconic retired centre Brian O’Driscoll, but even women it seems would prefer to turn to the boy from Limerick than the one from the bright lights of supposedly more cultured and fashionable Dublin in the quest for World Cup glory. O’Connell, despite the battered features and the former thick thatch of red hair having thinned to almost nothing, is the rugby man, past and present, who topped a poll this year of 1000 Irish women with 23 percent saying who they would most like to go to bed with — ‘BOD’ came third with 17 percent.

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