This Life: Green giant

Paul O'Connell cemented his towering reputation on the rugby pitch, but he'llsoon be focusing on more pressing concerns than the oval ball, writes Fiona Ness.

20th July, 2013
Paul O'Connell, with the help of George North, halts Australia's Digby Ioane during the Lions tour. Photo: Inpho

When it comes to sporting heroes - be it Christy Ring, Pelé or Muhammad Ali - there's often a feeling that they can't be quite human. You wouldn't have to stretch your imagination too far to consider this true of Munster rugby's Paul O'Connell.

After all, the gargantuan Limerick man has all the makings of a superhero: the bulk of the Incredible Hulk, the lean muscle of Batman, the force of Hellboy and the...

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