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Paul O’Connell statue in centre of Cardiff gets punters in the mood

Paul O’Connell statue in centre of Cardiff gets punters in the mood

Paddy Power’s homage to injured Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell has struck a chord with fans in Cardiff as the Rugby World Cup quarter-final with Argentina gets underway.

With Irish fans lining the streets of the Welsh capital were impressed with the 2.5 metre polystyrene statue that is dominating the street.

O’Connell injured his hamstring against France last week and was ruled out of the rest of the tournament on Tuesday and subsequently underwent surgery to repair the damage on Friday.

The injury ended O’Connell’s iconic Ireland career.

Paddy Power decided to honour the hero in their imitable way with the words: “Paul O’Connell - Putting the fear of God into opponents since 2002”.

Paddy Power said: "The loss of Paul O’Connell is so devastating that you’d swear George R.R. Martin wrote the script.

"As much as we’d love to, we can’t give him new hamstrings but we can make him a bloody massive statue that will hopefully help to further rally the already bonkers Irish support."