Former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell was 'giant of Irish rugby'

Former Ireland and Lions captain Paul O'Connell was a "giant of the game", who was revered by opponents, respected by team-mates and renowned as an inspirational leader.

O'Connell has been forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect on medical advice after injuring a hamstring in a 2015 World Cup group game against France.

Having declared his intention to retire from international rugby after the World Cup, the second row signed a two-year contract with French side Toulon but never played for them after failing to regain fitness.

He captained Ireland to three Six Nations titles, including a Grand Slam, and played 174 times for Munster.