Paul O'Connell named Irish rugby writers player of the year

Paul O'Connell with the Irish rugby writers award
Munster great O'Connell will join Toulon after the World Cup

Paul O'Connell has been named the Irish player of the year by the country's rugby writers.

O'Connell, 35, picked up the award after captaining Ireland to a second successive Six Nations title.

"We had a very successful season with Ireland so I suppose I'm capitalising on a lot of other people's hard work," said the British & Irish Lions lock.

Sophie Spence was named the women's player of the year after helping the Ireland women win the Six Nations.

Munster great O'Connell will join French club Toulon after retiring from Ireland duty following the World Cup.

O'Connell made his senior Munster debut in August 2001 and won two European Cups, three League titles and a Celtic Cup with the Irish province.