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Brian O'Driscoll: If I were Paul O'Connell I would go to France

Published 08/05/2015 | 19:58

Brian O'Driscoll, Leinster, and Paul O'Connell, Munster
Brian O'Driscoll, Leinster, and Paul O'Connell, Munster

Brian O'Driscoll has urged Paul O'Connell to take the offer from Toulon and end his rugby career in France.

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The Ireland captain has been subject of intense speculation in the past few weeks and has admitted that he is 90pc sure where he will be playing his rugby next season.

And while Munster fans are praying that they will see their leader in the famous red jersey again next season, Ireland legend O'Driscoll has admitted that, if it were him, he would be off to France to try win a fourth successive European Cup with Toulon.

"We are all saying 'why would you (retire)?' But we are not the ones who have to deal with all the knocks and pains," O'Driscoll said on tonight's Off The Ball show on Newstalk. 

And when asked how tempting a move to France would be, O'Driscoll was in no doubt that it is too good to turn down.

"I would have said very very tempting. There is no smoke without fire and I presume the offer, well the offer is there and Boudjellal has been trying to coax him across. If I was him it would be a perfect opportunity to go spend eight months down the south of France and play with an unbelievable team," added O'Driscoll.

"He has a young family and people that say he will undo the legendary status at Munster, I would rubbish that talk. I really don't buy it in the slightest. He has cemented his status down there and could always go back as a coach or as an ambassador to the club or whatever he wants. He has done magical things and that can't be undone."

Toulon are fresh off the back of a third successive European Cup success and O'Connell can play a key role in making that four, according to O'Driscoll.

"He would not go down to get himself a tan. He would have the Steve Staunton hat. He would have ambitions to go play with those brilliant players and win a fourth European Cup I'm sure if he did go down there.

"I haven't wanted to ask him if it is all true or not. I am just reading the same as everyone else in the papers. He will come to his own decision I'm sure."

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