O’Driscoll ponders move to Super Rugby

Brian O’Driscoll may consider a move to the Super 15 with the New South Wales Warathas when his Leinster contract comes to an end in June.

The Sydney based side are coached by O’Driscoll’s friend and former Leinster coach, Michael Cheika, who led the blues to their first Heineken Cup in 2009 before leaving for Stade Francais in 2010.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, O’Driscoll seemed excited by the quality of the Super 15, but acknowledged that with his 34th birthday coming up, time is not on his side.

“You look at the individuals and you look at the calibre of sides and the quality of Super Rugby and the intensity of it, obviously it is a hugely high standard.”

He left the ball very much in Cheika’s court though, saying; “Cheiks has my number, so if he wants to give me a call, he knows how to get me.”

Cheika was reluctant to be drawn in though, explaining that he still felt that Leinster were “his club” and he did not want to disrupt them in the middle of the season.

“That is Brian saying how he feels about things…I saw him before I left, I went to say goodbye but we haven’t spoken since. I wouldn’t do that to the club.”

“He’s in the middle of a season, the Heineken Cup is still on and they are focusing on that.”

O’Driscoll is one of the modern greats of British and Irish rugby, consistently acknowledged as one of the best centres in world rugby over the last twelve years or so, he is looking to cap off his career with a fourth Lions tour and a first series victory when the side tour Australia in 2013.

It would be a fitting end to his Lions career after he was taken into the hearts of the fans in the 2001 tour with his outstanding score in the First Test against the Wallaby’s.

The Lions though lost the series 2-1, and his 2005 tour was cut short when he was ‘speared’ at the beginning of the first Test, in a series where the Lions were well beaten 3-0.

South Africa 2009 saw him produce some of his best rugby, in tandem with Jamie Roberts, injury once again struck though and he missed the 3rd Test as the Lions again succumbed 2-1.

If he were to tour this summer and get his series win, it would be hard to begrudge him a move to the Super 15, having achieved everything that Northern Hemisphere rugby has to offer.

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