Paul O'Connell will join fellow Munster men Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan in Paris after it was confirmed he's set to join Stade Francais as forwards coach.

Zebo and Ryan will line up for Racing 92 this year but a familiar face is heading for the famous city.

Injury forced O'Connell to hang up his boots in February 2016 and deprived him of the chance to play for Toulon, who he was had signed for in the summer of 2015. 

He was due to head for France after that autumn's World Cup but a dreadful hamstring injury against Les Bleus ultimately ended his career. 

Now, he will finally get his French adventure as he links up with another old friend - Mike Prendergast - as part of the Top 14 outfit's backroom team. 

Last December O'Connell was named Ireland U20s assistant coach and he was in the fold for the disappointing World Championship campaign in June. 

He now heads for a fresh challenge under head coach Heyneke Meyer.

"I'm very happy to be in Paris and working with this great club," the 38-year-old said in a short video released by Stade Francais. 

Meyer added: "Paul will bring his value and experience to our coaching team through his proven leadership abilities and his tactical and technical skills.

"This is a major asset for the club and it shows the ambitions and goals of Stade Francais Paris."