A proud Irish warrior
ONE of the last rugby players from the golden generation wins his 100th cap for Ireland today.
When Paul O'Connell takes to the field in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this afternoon, he will be joining a special club reserved exclusively for the very best.
Only John Hayes, Ronan O'Gara and Brian O'Driscoll have reached the ton mark for their country. The three will look proudly on O'Connell today.
The red hair may be gone, but the fire burns as intensely as it did when he first appeared for Ireland in 2002.
On that occasion the opponents were Wales and O'Connell scored his first ever international try as we routed the Welsh.
Thirteen years and 99 games later, a repeat performance from O'Connell and Ireland would be the perfect tonic for this March weekend.