Jamie Heaslip suggests Brian O’Driscoll may play on another year

Patrick McCarry
Jamie Heaslip suggests Brian O’Driscoll may play on another year

Just when you thought it was safe to throw up your ‘Farewell BOD’ banner…

Jamie Heaslip has told Newstalk that his Leinster and Ireland teammate Brian O’Driscoll may play on for another season.

Despite O’Driscoll insisting, as recently as 28 January, that he is hanging up his rugby boots at the end of the season, Heaslip remains unconvinced. The Ireland vice captain said, “He has a wealth of experience, he’s a very good bloke and has a good sense of things. He’s an icon of the sport.”

“He will be missed, on all those different levels,” he added, “but there might be a chance of one more year again at the end of the season. You never know. But let’s say, if Brian does decide to finish up, it’s an opportunity for others as well. Who is going to step up. Who is going to fill his shoes.”

For the record, O’Driscoll said this, at Carton House, two weeks ago: “I was really unsure last year and there were strange emotions but it is nice knowing that you can empty the tank in this Six Nations, knowing it will definitely be the last one.”

Leinster will have a press briefing at the RDS tomorrow, following a training run at their home ground. The question of question shall raise its head again. God help the brave soul that asks it.

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