Brian O’Driscoll scored a lovely try in the corner to help Leinster to a 30-21 victory over arch rivals Munster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Since the game there has been talk of injury concerns, and also speculation about a switch to Super Rugby.
The Heineken Cup champions get their defence of the title underway this coming weekend as they host Exeter Chiefs at the RDS. O’Driscoll is reportedly set to play through the pain after rolling his ankle in the second half against Munster.
There has been talk of 33-year-old O’Driscoll being interested in a stint in Super Rugby, fuelled by the fact that his former coach, Michael Cheika, is now in charge of the Waratahs in Sydney.
“What excites me is the challenge of playing against the calibre of player you are playing week-in, week-out down there. That is an exciting prospect,” O’Driscoll told the Daily Telegraph. “But whether all the pieces fit, I don’t know. At this moment in time, probably not but ‘Cheiks’ has my number, so if he wants to give me a call, he knows how to get me.
“Just before the World Cup I thought about the possibility of last year maybe taking a little bit of downtime and playing a year of Super Rugby.
“The three best teams in the world make up the Super 15. You look at the individuals, the calibre of sides, the quality of Super Rugby and the intensity of it – obviously it is a hugely high standard.
“I am contracted only to June, so whether I play on for another year after that, the body will be able to tell me later on this year,” he added.
He needed just a fraction of space to get in at the corner against Munster, following a lovely midfield break by Fergus McFadden, who shot through an attempted Ronan O’Gara tackle with ease.
– Will O’Driscoll be a definate candidate for going on the 2013 Lions tour?
– Should he seriously consider going to Super Rugby, or will he be pushing it age-wise by then?
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