IRISH rugby legend Paul O’Connell has agreed to take up a coaching position with French Top 14 side Stade Francais.
The former Munster and Ireland captain has been working as assistant coach of Ireland’s U20s since December last year.
He turned down an approach from Leicester Tigers at around the same time, as he opted against uprooting his family.
But the lure of transforming the fortunes of the French side appeals to O’Connell and it is expected he will link up with the French club in the next few weeks.
Stade Francais – captained by Italy star Sergio Parisse- finished a disappointing 12th in France’s premier rugby competition last season.
His new role will see him focus on coaching the Stade Francais forwards.
The club confirmed the arrival earlier this afternoon.
✍☘ Le @SFParisRugby est fier d’annoncer l'arrivée de @Paul_OConnell au poste d'entraineur des avants (spécialiste de la touche). Welcome to Paris Paul !#PinkArmy #TousParisiens #OConnellEstRose #WelcomePaul #SFParis pic.twitter.com/x2os7SSqVb
— Stade Français Paris (@SFParisRugby) August 3, 2018
O’Connell won 108 international caps for Ireland between 2002 to 2015, the last of which came against Argentina at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
He helped guide Ireland to Six Nations success in 2009, 2014 and 2015.