Friday 28 November 2014

Brian O'Driscoll to join Newstalk as a rugby pundit

Published 03/06/2014 | 10:24

Brian O'Driscoll poses in the Newstalk studio after the announcement
Off The Ball's Ger Gilroy and their new signing Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll has joined Newstalk

Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll is joining Newstalk as a rugby pundit and co-presenter on Off The Ball.

The news was announced this morning on the Pat Kenny Show and is viewed as a massive coup for the station.

O'Driscoll has signed an exclusive deal with Newstalk and will take up the role in September.

Commenting on his new role at Newstalk, Brian O’Driscoll said, “Making the decision to join the Off the Ball team was an easy one for me – it’s the nation’s leading sports show and best radio station and following a break this summer I’ll be more than ready for it come September.”

Commenting on the announcement, Gerard Whelan, Newstalk Chief Executive said, “It is with great excitement that we welcome Brian to Newstalk. Brian is one of the very few truly global sports icons, and we know that his addition to the Off the Ball team will provide our listeners with a sports insight and commentary not found at any other station. “

He tweeted: "Delighted to be joining the @offtheball team on @NewstalkFM from September. Summer of generating a radio voice already have the face!"

Speaking to Independent.ie this morning, Whelan added: "He's going to join as our senior rugby correspondent but will participate regularly on Off The Ball as a sporting analyst, particularly on Fridays.

"He's going to be central to our coverage of Ireland games and next year's Rugby World Cup.

"At the moment he's taking a well deserved break and taking stock of life after retirement and I'm sure when he joins us in September, he'll be bright eyed and bushy tailed."

Ger Gilroy, Sports Editor Newstalk said: “We are thrilled that Brian has decided to join the Off the Ball team, we had a gap for a world class centre! Seriously though, his giant sports brain will be picked clean on a regular basis, we can’t wait.”

Brian will join Ger Gilroy tonight on Off the Ball for his first official interview following his retirement.

O'Driscoll played his last game of professional rugby on Saturday evening when injury forced him to be substituted after eight minutes of Leinster's 34-12 victory over Glasgow Warriors in the Rabodirect Pro12 final.

BOD has been an expert analyst on numerous occasions for Sky Sports during the Heineken Cup while out injured and impressed many with his clever insights.

O'Driscoll retired as a two-time Six Nations winner with Ireland, having captained the side for nine years. He also skippered the British and Irish Lions in 2005, a team he has toured with four times.

He won the Heineken Cup with Leinster three times, as well as being part of all four of their Pro12 championships, and he also lifted the Amlin Challenge Cup last year.

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