Saturday 22 October 2016

Brian O'Driscoll explains why you should keep an eye out for Irish players in their blazers

Published 03/02/2016 | 19:48

Brian O'Driscoll has been talking about how behaviour has changed for players after Six Nations encounters and how an Irish player's attire can tell you something about their intentions.

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Speaking on the Off The Ball roadshow in Limerick, Brian O'Driscoll revealed how things changed from his debut in 1999 to his final game in 2014 in terms of the post-match rituals and going out for a few drinks with opponents.

"Some lad will go harder that others and it will invariably be the younger lads and then some lads will have wives and partners with them and they'll go home and then some lads will be single and they'll be wearing their Irish blazer and that it their opportunity and they are going to avail of it," he said.

"That's a constant from way before I started to now. When you hear the older guys are saying 'will we change into civvies?' and all the younger guys are shaking their heads saying ' please let's not have a hands-up for that'."

On having a few jars with the opposition after games, BOD added; "Now teams are travelling back on the night of games. I know England did it a few times last year.

"Even the functions, and the functions used to huge spectacles with the big black tie dinner... in the early years it was win or lose you were on the booze.

"Nowadays it is very much segregated and get the function done and socialise among yourselves. You might meet the opposition out in town."

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