Brian O’Driscoll has signed a new one-year contract for Leinster, after thinking about retiring from the sport that he loves and is thought of as to be an Irish rugby union legend in Ireland. Brian O’Driscoll plays at outside centre for Leinster and his international side Ireland, captaining the Irish squad from 2003 until 2012. He has also played the captain role for the British and Irish Lions on their 2005 tour of New Zealand.
O’Driscoll is the second most capped rugby union player in the sports history with 131 Test caps. He has also received 125 caps for Ireland getting 83 as the international captain, and 6 caps for the British and Irish Lions. In his career so far, he has scored 46 tries for Ireland and 1 try for the Lions in 2001 giving him the title of being the highest scoring rugby union player in Irish Rugby History. One of Brian O’Driscoll’s best achievements was when he was named the Player of the Tournament for the Six Nations in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
The reason Brian O’Driscoll delayed his retirement is believed to be due to the fact that Joe Schmidt has been named as Ireland’s coach. Joe Schmidt was the head coach of Leinster and O’Driscoll was very impressed with him when he was playing under the New Zealander. When Schmidt was named the new head coach of Ireland, Brian O’Driscoll was edged towards the staying in the sport for another year, so he can experience playing for his international side under someone he believes to be a good coach.
Brian O’Driscoll commented on his new contract, “I want to thank the IRFU and Leinster for allowing me the time to think about my future and discuss my options with my family. The support my family and the Irish and Leinster fans have shown me over the past few months, and indeed years, has been phenomenal and I am now very much looking forward to one more year playing with Ireland and Leinster.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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