Ireland Caps: 85 (50-2-33) Ireland Points: 30 (6t)
Ireland Debut: v Wales 2002
British & Irish Lions: 2005 (NZ), 2009 (SA) Tests: 6 (1-0-5)
Lions Debut: 04/06/2005 v Bay of Plenty
Test Record v Australia: 7 (2-1-4)
O'Connell was a star swimmer when he was younger, starting his training with Seal Swimming Club under the watchful guidance of John Dempsey and Jerry Ryan, before moving on to the Limerick squad. He played on the same Ireland Schools side as current international teammate Gordon D’Arcy and five consecutive games with Ireland U21s with Donncha O’Callaghan as his second row partner.
O’Connell captained Munster when they won their second Heineken Cup title and was captain when they won the Magners League trophy in '09 and '11.
O'Connell was selected in the squad for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. He won his first Test cap for the Lions on 25 June 2005, starting in the first test defeat to New Zealand. O'Connell also started the second and third tests.
On 21 April 2009, O'Connell was named as the British and Irish Lions Captain for the 2009 tour to South Africa. He started the first test defeat with Alun Wyn Jones on 20 June 2009, but started the narrow second test loss with Simon Shaw. O'Connell led the Lions to their first test victory since 2001 in the third test.
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