Irish rugby legend Paul O'Connell pens autobiography

Irish rugby legend Paul O'Connell pens autobiography

Penguin Ireland is publishing the autobiography of former Ireland and Lions captain Paul O’Connell.

O'Connell - who yesterday announced his retirement on medical advice, after sustaining an injury at the World Cup - enjoyed a 14-year-long career with Munster and Ireland teams. He won two Heineken Cups, earned 108 caps for Ireland and seven caps for the British and Irish Lions.

The book, hoped to be "as intense and thoughtful as its author", is due for release in October 2016, priced £20. According to Penguin Ireland it will explore "the forces and struggles that turned him into the player and leader that he became". 

Michael McLoughlin, managing director of Penguin Ireland, bought world rights from John Baker Management in Dublin.

McLoughlin said: "It is a privilege to publish Paul O’Connell’s autobiography. He was a fantastic sporting ambassador for Ireland both on and off the pitch. Together with Alan English, he has applied his legendary professionalism to the creation of what will be the must-read book for 2016."