Twitter has being paying tribute to Paul O’Connell all morning after it was confirmed that the second-row’s international career is over.

#ThanksPaulie has been trending on twitter since the news broke and we have selected some of the tweets and comments that have appeared online.

Ronan O’Gara

“My sadness is tinged with absolute pride having spent 16 years with one of Rugby’s greatest competitors #gentleman #Leader #1ofakind”

Former Munster and Irish player Ronan O’Gara pays tribute to a friend and a colleague.

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