O'Connell cautious on playing at RWC

30th Jul 2014, 11:59

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Steady: Paul O'Connell

Steady: Paul O'Connell

Ireland and Munster legend Paul O'Connell has insisted that his participation in next year's Rugby World Cup will depend on his fitness.

Ireland and Munster legend Paul O'Connell has insisted that his participation in next year's Rugby World Cup will depend on his fitness.

The 34-year-old is in the midst of another pre-season with the Irish province with next year's global showpiece in England on the horizon.

O'Connell's form hasn't waned with age but the veteran admits that going to the World Cup would only be right if his body was up to the task.

A reassessment of his position will happen after the Six Nations next year.

"Look, I'd love to go to the World Cup but it's something you only want to do if you're in really good shape," O'Connell told the Irish Examiner.

"I'd love to go there with two big pre-seasons - this pre-season and next summer as well. If I could get there with those, I know I'd go in really good shape.

"But the game is becoming tougher and tougher, it's going to be a really tough in the November Tests and a really tough Six Nations, so really the World Cup for me is a long way away.

"It's about managing my body as best I can, try and be in the best shape I can for the autumn, the best shape I can be for the Six Nations and see where I go from there.

"I wouldn't say there are any long-term plans in place."