Rugby World Cup 2015: O'Connell laments loss of centre Payne

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell laments the loss of centre Jared Payne, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup after a scan revealed that he had broken his foot.

"What Jared has done in the short time he has been part of the Ireland squad is incredible," said O'Connell of Payne, 29, prior to Sunday's crunch Pool D encounter with France.

"He is a calming influence on the pitch and although he is not that old, he has an elder statesman presence about him in how he does things."