Thursday 27 July 2017

O'Driscoll's Clermont target

Brian O'Driscoll could make a sensational return to action for Leinster's clash with Clermont Auvergne on December 18, just 20 days after breaking his jaw, coach Joe Schmidt revealed last night, WRITES RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR.

The Ireland captain suffered the injury in last Sunday's 29-9 win over Argentina and looked set to miss the back-to-back clashes with the French champions. But Schmidt said he was "hoping it's a less-than-serious fracture and we're hoping he could be available for the return match against Clermont".

Leinster are facing a back-line crisis for the crucial Heineken Cup double-header and their coach lamented the loss of talented teenager Andrew Conway who, he hinted, could have been in line to start on the left wing.

The New Zealander added he was "disappointed" with the way Sean O'Brien was dealt with while on international duty during November. The back-row featured in just one of the clashes, but was not made available to Leinster for their Magners League matches.

"We're disappointed we couldn't use him," Schmidt said. "He was in bristling form going into the international period."

Irish Independent

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