O’Connell out of the World Cup

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Paul O'Connell has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup due to injury, ending his international career as a result.

The Irish skipper was stretchered off in Ireland's Pool D win over France on Sunday, and the Irish camp confirmed that he will play no further part in the tournament.

O'Connell suffered a hamstring injury late in the first-half of the game in Cardiff, and will require surgery on the problem.

Leinster's Mike McCarthy has been called up in his place.

O'Connell had announced before the tournament that he would be retiring from international rugby after the World Cup, and he will join Toulon after playing his entire career at Munster.

The veteran second-row was appearing in his fourth World Cup, having first competed in the 2003 tournament.

O'Connell won 115 Irish caps in total, while he also went on three Lions tours, captaining the team in 2009 and helping them to a series victory over Australia in 2013, although he broke his arm and only played in the first Test.