Ireland Captain Paul O’Connell stars in ‘#AllitTakes’ ahead of 100th cap

612-paul_oconnell_image11th March 2015: Three, proud sponsor of the Irish rugby team, has released “#AllitTakes – Paul O’Connell, an online documentary starring Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell.

With contributions from the people closest to him – including Paul’s father Michael O’Connor, Ronan O’Gara and Johnny Sexton – the short film documents O’Connell’s journey from the local parks of Limerick to today, as he approaches his 100th cap for Ireland. The documentary celebrates ‘All it Takes is Everything,’ the insight on which Three’s powerful campaign is built.

Speaking about his captain, Johnny Sexton said; “He’s our captain. He’s an outstanding leader. When he speaks to the squad… the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. I don’t know if he knows how important he is, and [how important] his words are.”

Former Irish international rugby out-half, Ronan O’Gara, said; “I played my whole career with [Paul] and I’ve seen what one person can bring to an organization. He’s very special in terms of the ability to deliver the right message [to the squad] at the right time.” As he warmly reminisced of their time together as Munster, Ireland and Lions teammates, O’Gara remarked; “At times… you can see steam coming out of his big red head.”

O’Connell’s father Michael said; “I would always expect him to win.” He continued: “It’s very emotional, and it’s great for the family. Playing for your country is the pinnacle. If you can make 100 caps it’s a great milestone in your career.”

O’Connell, who’s career has seen him win some of the most prestigious domestic and international honours in the game, is set to make his 100th cap this weekend against Wales, as Ireland continue their quest for a second successive Six Nations title.

An Official Ambassador for Three, O’Connell said; I’ve never struggled for motivation. 100 caps have flown by; I wish I had 100 more in me! Some of the best days of my life have been in green, and I’m immensely proud to reach this milestone and am looking forward to creating even more memories with this team. When it’s over, I’m sure I’ll allow myself some time for reflection and this documentary will help me do that.”

“#AllitTakes – Paul O’Connell” is part of Three’s Irish international rugby team sponsorship activity. This is the third instalment of Three’s #AllitTakes series which also features Robbie Henshaw and Johnny Sexton.

Fans can catch the short film series on three.ie, www.facebook.com/3Ireland or @ThreeIrlRugby