Ireland hooker Rory Best says his captain Paul O'Connell's uncompromising attitude on the pitch but decency off it makes him a rugby player to admire.
"Having played against Paulie and with him, I understand what he puts his body through, week in week out," said Ulster star Best.
"The biggest thing for me is that he probably is one of the players in world rugby that I would have the most admiration for.
"He's always been really, really hard and uncompromising on the pitch but he's just a proper gentleman off it."
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