O’Connell out for World Cup with Hamstring Injury

paul o'connellThe international career of Paul O’Connell has come to an end. The IRFU confirmed the Ireland captain suffered a significant hamstring injury during Sunday’s win over France, one that will require surgery this week. That game in Cardiff has now proved to be O’Connell’s 108th, and last, in an Ireland jersey. Leinster’s Mike McCarthy has joined the squad as a replacement. Speaking with Radio Kerry’s Brendan Fuller, West Munster Rugby PRO believes McCarthy is a very good replacement for the captain… [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/46947/medium/”] There could be some more bad news for the Irish squad today, Sean O’Brien is to appear before an independent disciplinary hearing in London this afternoon. The Leinster flanker was cited for striking French second row Pascal Papé during Sunday’s victory in Cardiff. Any ban would be a further blow to the Ireland pack, who are already without injured Munster pair Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony for the remainder of the tournament. There is a bright side however, it’s reported that Jonathan Sexton could play on Sunday, after scans on his groin showed his injury were not as bad as first feared.