Munster rugby has confirmed that decorated former captain Paul O’Connell will return to the province in an advisory role.

The Limerick native, who spent 14 years of his professional career with the province, will join Munster’s Academy on a part-time basis for 12 months.

The role will see the former lock act as a mentor to the next generation of Munster players, providing "invaluable rugby technical expertise and advice", while also guiding them in the areas of rugby development, preparation and best practice.

"Every club in the world would love to have an iconic figure such as Paul O'Connell involved in their set-up,” Munster CEO Garret Fitzgerald said today.

“As a Limerick native and proud Munster and Irishman who has played and led teams for Munster, Ireland and the Lions, we were very eager to secure his services in some capacity.

"An appointment such as this is a further boost to our academy staff and young players, and to the organisation as a whole.

“As always we continue to strive for best in class and this latest appointment further highlights our ambitions as we embark on a new chapter for the province, operating from our new high performance centre in UL."

Widely regarded as one of the finest rugby players the country has ever produced, the inspirational leader won two European Cups three League titles and a Celtic Cup during his time with the province, while added a Grand Slam and two Six Nations titles with Ireland.

O’Connell is also a three-time Lions tourist and captained the side for the 2009 tour of South Africa.

The 36-year-old announced his retirement from the game five months ago on medical advice, following the injury he suffered during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.