Brian O’Driscoll’s back

Following a very disappointing weekend; the IRFU have had some good news for Irish rugby followers.

Leinster and Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll is set to return to action this week.  The Dubliner hasn’t played since undergoing shoulder surgery following Ireland’s quarter-final loss to Wales at the Rugby World Cup in October.  He was scheduled for an April return but has recovered quicker than expected and now looks set to line out against the Ospreys for the RaboDirect Pro 12 clash at the RDS this Friday.

Leinster captain Leo Cullen also looks set to return to the fold having recovered from an Achilles injury.  New Zealanders Brad Thorn and Mat Berquist are also available for the season’s run-in after they came through last week’s ‘A’ clash with Connacht unscathed, while Mike Ross’ shoulder injury is unlikely to rule him out for long and he could play against Munster the weekend after next.

Leinster Head Coach Joe Schmidt spoke of his delight at having O’Driscoll back saying:   “Brian’s reputation precedes him as a fast healer and this is the very earliest we thought we’d have him back.   Things have gone really well in his rehabilitation and he got the all-clear from the medical staff to resume contact training last week.   With some of the games coming up; Brian will need to get some game time under his belt on Friday.”


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