Sunday 4 December 2016

Off the Ball: O'Driscoll's star quality will light up the airwaves

Legendary centre embodies all that we love about sport – and why we feel so lucky to do what we do

Ger Gilroy

Published 04/06/2014 | 02:30

The Off The Ball team, from left, Mick McCarthy, Cian Murtagh, Oisin Langan, Dave McIntyre, Nathan Murphy, Joe Molloy, Ger Gilroy, Adrian Barry, Colm Parkinson and Donny Mahony at the announcement of O'Driscoll's exclusive link-up with the station in Dublin yesterday
The Off The Ball team, from left, Mick McCarthy, Cian Murtagh, Oisin Langan, Dave McIntyre, Nathan Murphy, Joe Molloy, Ger Gilroy, Adrian Barry, Colm Parkinson and Donny Mahony at the announcement of O'Driscoll's exclusive link-up with the station in Dublin yesterday

The perks of our job are many. We get the best seats in the house for the big games and then, at full-time, we get to wander down and stick an unforgiving microphone under the noses of both the winners and the losers, insisting they be articulate despite the fact their hearts are still racing.

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We also have the ability to phone the most interesting sports pundits for random chats about half-baked ideas that might never make it to air.

When we get it right, we get the chance to pose good questions to some of the most interesting minds around, and, hopefully, they pause and think and give of themselves because they want to. And it all counts as work.

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