Ireland’s captain Paul O’Connell considers retiring after World Cup

• Forward is undecided whether to play on after the tournament
• O’Connell says Ireland have potential to win Webb Ellis Cup

The Ireland captain, Paul O’Connell, is considering retiring after next year’s World Cup, a tournament he believes the Six Nations champions, who defeated South Africa and Australia last month, have the ability to win.

O’Connell will be 36 the week before the World Cup final and has been playing international rugby for 12 years, four caps short of his century for Ireland having played in seven Lions Tests.

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