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Brian O’Driscoll: Garry Ringrose Likely On Bench For World Cup Opener

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Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll thinks it’s looking increasingly likely that Garry Ringrose will find himself on the bench for the World Cup opener against Scotland on September 22.  Ireland have four out-and-out centres in their 31-man squad for the World Cup; Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose and Chris Farrell. Joe Schmidt has trialled four different centre partnerships throughout the …

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O’Driscoll: Schmidt Will Switch Up Team Throughout Six Nations

Former Ireland rugby captain, Brian O’Driscoll, believes Joe Schmidt will have one eye on the World Cup and will look to explore his squad depth throughout this Guinness Six Nations campaign.  While Ireland appear to have a settled starting XV, with their eye-catching performances at provincial level, fringe players such as Will Addison and Joey Carbery are fighting tooth and nail …

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O’Driscoll: Sexton Can Come Across As “Confrontational” Toward Refs

Former Leinster and Ireland centre Brian O’Driscoll has outlined that he believes Johnny Sexton can come across as “confrontational” when discussing issues with the referee during a game. Sexton, who captained his province during their defeat to Munster last weekend, has come under scrutiny following the feisty affair which saw teammate James Lowe sent off as well as a number …

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Brian O’Driscoll On Legal Painkillers In Rugby: “It Almost Became A Habit”

Former Ireland and Leinster captain Brian O’Driscoll has opened up on the use of legal painkillers in rugby during his playing career outlining that for him their use “almost became a habit.” O’Driscoll was one of Ireland and Leinster’s finest players winning countless individual and collective accolades during his nearly 20-year career. Speaking to Off The Ball’s Wednesday night rugby, …

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Brian O’Driscoll Urges Owen Farrell To Improve Tackling Technique


Former Irish captain Brian O’Driscoll has urged England’s Owen Farrell to improve his tackling technique following a number of controversial incidents that could have seen the out-half yellow carded. Farrell was criticised for his no-arms tackle on South Africa’s André Esterhuizen during England’s narrow victory over the Springboks at the beginning of the November Internationals. The challenge went unpunished, however …

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Brian O’Driscoll Refutes Moriarty Allegation Against Sexton

Brian O’Driscoll has come to the aid of his compatriot in the burgeoning dispute over treatment from match officials. Sunday saw Ross Moriarty claim that Ireland’s Johnny Sexton gets special treatment from referees as a result of his status. Moriarty received a yellow card in the Dragons’ game against Leinster for an off-the-ball challenge on Sexton, and had this controversial comment …

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Tiger Woods & Nine Other Great Sporting Comebacks

Everybody loves a sporting comeback, as proven by the scenes after Tiger Woods secured his 80th PGA title on Sunday 23 September. Although it is difficult to measure the scale of Woods’ success, his dramatic fall and his comeback, we decided to compare it to the comebacks of other sportspersons, of contrasting natures. _____ Tiger Woods (Golf) There was a …

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Jacob Stockdale Labels Brian O’Driscoll’s Ulster Criticism As “Ridiculous”

Jacob Stockdale has hit out at criticism from Brian O’Driscoll where the Ireland legend labelled Ulster “a bit of a basket-case”. O’Driscoll was making comments on the Off The Ball sports programme when speaking about the IRFU’s eagerness for Joey Carbery or Ross Byrne to join Ulster. The comments have not gone down well up north and Ireland star Jacob Stockdale …

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Interesting Comparisons Emerge Between Jacob Stockdale And New Zealand’s Try-Scoring Machine Rieko Ioane

When Jacob Stockdale burst onto the senior international stage last year during Ireland’s summer tour of America, it was immediately clear that the 21-year-old had the potential for a bright future. Having impressed for the Ireland U20s, with 11 tries in nine appearances, there was much anticipation when the big winger made the step up to the senior ranks. Bringing with …

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“It Was Nothing Short Of A Disgrace!!!” – O’Driscoll Wants Answers For HIA Drama

After the dramatic final minutes of Ireland’s 15-13 over France at the Stade de France in Paris now beginning to settle in the hearts and minds of Irish supporters, attention is beginning to focus on the controversial HIA situation which also occurred during the end of the game.  In the 76th minute, replacement scrum-half Antoine Dupont suffered a knee injury …

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Brian O’Driscoll Criticises The Length Of Mathieu Bastareaud’s Ban

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Mathieu Bastareaud has been handed a three-week ban after pleading guilty to using homophobic language during Toulon’s Champions Cup clash with Benetton. The 29-year-old was widely condemned in the rugby community after appearing to aim an anti-gay slur at an opposition player. The giant centre will miss France’s opening Six Nations clash with Ireland, as Jack Brunel takes over as …

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