- Name:Paul O'Connell
- Date of Birth:October 20, 1979
- Place of Birth:Limerick, Ireland
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After captaining club Munster and country Ireland, O'Connell attempts to lead the Lions to their first tour win since 1997.
After captaining club Munster and country Ireland, O'Connell faces his biggest challenge yet as he attempts to skipper the Lions to their first tour win since 1997.
On what will be his second Lions campaign, the 29-year-old will be hoping to produce more assured performances to the ones which saw him struggle in the line-out in New Zealand in 2005.
O'Connell led Ireland to successive Triple Crowns in 2006 and 2007 and was also the driving force behind Munster's Heineken Cup wins in 2006 and 2008.
Standing toe-to-toe with Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha is another challenge the Irishman will be relishing, and recent form suggests the fearsome Boks are in for a rough ride.