PIC: Paul O'Connell having the craic at Stade de France has instantly raised our spirits 6 years ago

PIC: Paul O'Connell having the craic at Stade de France has instantly raised our spirits

Life after rugby ain't so bad.

Paul O'Connell is in Paris today on match pundit duty for the BBC.

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The former Ireland captain was forced to retire during the week after a debilitating hamstring injury and there was a collective outpouring of gushing tributes and grief.

O'Connell will take time out before deciding on the next step in his post-rugby career. For now, he should be well compensated for his analysis and opinion on today's match broadcast.

O'Connell will be joined by another Irish legend, and captain, Keith Wood for the coverage while injured Ireland winger Tommy Bowe will be on duty for BBC Northern Ireland.

Before this afternoon's game, the 36-year-old caught up with Wood and Bowe to reminisce on times gone by and to have the craic.

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RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stade de France, Paris, France 13/2/2016 France vs Ireland Ireland legends Tommy Bowe, Keith Wood and Paul O'Connell who are working for media before the match Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Warms the heart.

The Irish No.2, 5 and 14 jerseys will be occupied by Rory Best, Devin Toner and Andrew Trimble today. A lot to live up to.

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