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Alan Quinlan has paid tribute to former Munster and Ireland team-mate Paul OConnell, whose determination to succeed led to the nickname Psycho. OConnell announced his retirement from all forms of rugby on Tuesday, bringing to an end a career that spanned more than 14 years at the top.A severe hamstring injured suffered against France during the World Cup marked his final international appearance for his country, but the second row had signed a two-year deal with Toulon that started at the beginning of the current season. Its an incredible legacy to be honest, just the impact hes had on the game - not just in Ireland but throughout the world. Hes known as an iconic figure and a really fantastic leader. Alan Quinlan on Paul OConnell However after failing to fully recover from the injury, OConnell was advised by doctors to call time on a playing career that was decorated with three Six Nations titles and a Grand Slam with Ireland, and five European and PRO12 trophies with Munster.OConnells success at the top was a direct result of his determination to succeed, according to Quinlan. OConnell announces retirement Paul OConnell announces retirement from rugby Hes a hard man and hes very driven, the former Munster and Ireland back-row told Sky Sports. Weve been close as friends and he was never afraid to tell someone if they werent pulling their weight or if they werent focused or concentrating enough for the team. Former Ireland and Lions captain Paul OConnell has announced his retirement from rugby We had plenty of rows and arguments over the years about lineouts and about different strategies. Youve got to be tough, youve got to be resilient, youve got to be very determined and aggressive to achieve what he has achieved. OConnell: Ive been very lucky Paul OConnell reflects on long and enjoyable career We called him Psycho, Ronan OGara and myself. He was so psycho and so driven to succeed, and anyone or anything that gets in his way, he just goes straight out over them. Thats the determination.Its a great drive and a desire thats got him an incredible amount of achievement. Paul OConnell celebrates scoring a try on his Ireland debut against Wales in 2002 OConnell and Quinlan played together for club and country for 10 years, and Quinlan says he is not surprised by the outpouring of respect for his his former team-mate, adding that his leadership qualities were obvious from an early age.Its an incredible legacy to be honest, just the impact he has had on the game - not just in Ireland but throughout the world. Hes known as an iconic figure and a really fantastic leader. O'Connell: I've been very lucky Hes someone who has set a great example for young people. He has really natural leadership qualities and is a very selfless person. The team is very important to Paul OConnell.Hes not one for individual accolades, hes not one for the limelight, he just wants the team to do well.He just has this innate ability to drive people around him to play above themselves and achieve above their own standards. He gets the best out of people and its a real quality, not everyone has those kinds of qualities; to be able to push and drive and lead a group of people. The world of social media reacts to the news that Paul OConnell has retired His all-conquering personality on the field complemented a much more relaxed attitude off it, says Quinlan.He can put on the game face and does it really well, but hes great fun away from the field. Weve had great fun on tours and weve been on holidays together in groups.He loves a bit of fun, a bit of craic. Hes always up for a laugh and thats part of his personality as well, and thats what made him popular with players.He doesnt keep to himself, he likes to mix with people all the time, and hes intrigued by what everyone else does.Hes a great character, a really funny person who is very popular with anyone hes played with and against. OConnell makes his way down the tunnel with his son Paddy, 5, after his last home international match Quinlan and OConnell won two Heineken Cups with Munster in 2006 and 2008 and the former has expressed his desire to see the latter back at the province in a mentoring capacity.Id like to see him straight away go back in and get involved with Munster, he said.Hes someone who has so much to offer the game. Hes very intelligent and I know hes interested in business and trying to explore avenues around the business world as well, but hes just too good to be lost to rugby.He inspired people on the field when he was playing, and I think he can do the same in coaching or a managerial role. Also See: OConnell: Ive been very lucky OConnell announces retirement Farewell to a legend OConnell tributes Cheap MLB Jerseys .C. -- When North Carolina freshman Ryan Switzer reported to training camp in August he was a little miffed to learn he was third on the depth chart at punt returner. Cheap Colorado Rockies Jerseys .Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. http://www.cheaprockiesjerseys.com/ . 8 Iowa State on Saturday, sending the Cyclones to their third consecutive loss. 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Jamie Walker gave the visitors an early lead but Ali Crawford levelled with a 25-yard free-kick, his third goal against his former club in 15 months.Rakish Bingham netted his first two goals for Accies after the break, but Walker pulled one back from the spot before Paterson notched his seventh goal of the season. Hearts Callum Paterson celebrates his equaliser to pull the score back to 3-3 against Hamilton Both sides played 3-5-2 formations with former skipper Alim Ozturk replacing the suspended Igor Rossi for Hearts, who had already threatened through Tony Watt before taking an eighth-minute lead. Sky Sports Black Friday sale Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price! Bjorn Johnsen did well to hook a cross in from the left which Dougie Imrie headed away as two Hearts players closed in. The ball fell invitingly for Walker, who smashed a first-time shot high into the corner of the net from 18 yards.Gramoz Kurtaj then turned Imries sliced diagonal ball into an opportunity and got there ahead of Jack Hamilton before crossing for Bingham. The goalkeeper was stranded but John Souttar cleared the header off the line. Ali Crawford equalised for the home side from this free-kick Accies were soon level in the 24th minute after Prince Buaben fouled Imrie and Crawford stepped up to curl the ball over the wall and down into the corner of the net.dddddddddddd.Johnsen missed three chances to put Hearts back in front before the break, and Accies made the visitors pay 13 seconds after the restart when Crawford put Bingham through, with the former Hartlepool striker keeping his composure to slot home from 16 yards. Hamiltons Rakish Bingham scored twice for the hosts Bingham then produced a sublime finish in the 68th minute to extend Accies lead, beating Hamilton at his near post after Kurtaj had slipped the ball into the left channel.Hearts were handed a lifeline five minutes later when Seaborne slid in to try to prevent Don Cowie latching on to Johnsens knockdown and caught the Hearts player as he landed. Referee Steven McLean pointed to the spot and Walker squeezed the ball in off the post. Jamie Walker scored his second of the match from the penalty spot Walker almost completed a hat-trick but saw his 25-yard curler hit off the junction of post and bar before Scotland right-back Paterson ran on to Perry Kitchens pass, beat a man and slotted just inside the post from 18 yards to level the score.Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price. Hurry, offer ends December 4! 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