The IRFU has confirmed that Ireland and Leinster legend Brian O’Driscoll has signed a one-year extension to his contract. It means he will be available to play for his country and province until mid-2014.
O’Driscoll made his senior Ireland and Leinster debuts in 1999 and has since gone on to play 125 times for Ireland and 172 times for Leinster, scoring 46 international and 59 Leinster tries.
Ahead of this week’s Amlin Challenge Cup final O’Driscoll has already won a Six Nations Grand Slam, four Triple Crowns, three Heineken Cups and two RaboDirect PRO12 championship titles.
“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,” he told IrishRugby.ie.
“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.”
Current Leinster boss and soon-to-be Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admitted to being delighted at having centre O’Driscoll available to him for another year.
“It’s great that Brian has agreed to continue playing. He’s an inspirational player, not only on the pitch, but also on the training ground,” he said.
“He’s played well again this season and other players continue to learn from him. I know that every squad of which he is a part will profit from his qualities both as a rugby player and a person.”
So the mind is obviously willing, but is the body? What do you make of O’Driscoll’s contract extension – good news for Ireland and Leinster, or is he hanging on that little bit too long? He is undoubtedly one of the best players the Northern Hemisphere has seen, but let us know what you think of his decision to keep playing for another year below.