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Brian O'Driscoll pulled no punches on Twitter during Leinster's win over Munster

Tom Rooney

Published 28/12/2015 | 09:51

Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll

Watching a heated local derby he illuminated for years, Brian O’Driscoll was incredibly forthright on Twitter last night as his former club dismantled their southern rivals.

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Since hanging up his boots and graduating to punditry with BT Sport and Newstalk, the former Ireland captain has offered objective and informative analysis, even when covering sides he’s personally invested in.

Namely Ireland and Leinster, and for that, he should be commended. However, during the Blues’ ultra-impressive 24-7 victory over an abject Munster side in Thomond Park, O’Driscoll gave his 625k Twitter followers a bit more than they’re usually accustomed to.

Indeed, his first entry was to commend Garry Ringrose, the man heralded to succeed O’Driscoll as Leinster and Ireland’s midfield supremo.

Like the four time Lion, the 20-year-old Ringrose’s talent was incubated in Blackrock College, and the latter possesses a similar thrust and fast-twitch footwork the former once boasted in abundance.

When the young centre slalomed through a trove of beguiled Munster defenders to create Isa Nacewa’s first half try, O’Driscoll promptly tipped his cap.

After the break, the three-time Heineken Cup winner bemoaned the apparent waning physicality in rugby as Munster lock Dave Foley was penalised for clearing Jamie Heaslip from the ruck. 

He was then effusive in his praise of the footballing nous his former teammate Nacewa was showcasing, and O’Driscoll would know; they terrorised defences together during Leinster’s heyday.

He saved his best for last though. In a post that was seemingly intended for the eyes of Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, the 36-year-old endorsed Ringrose to be selected in the Irish side to face Wales in their Six Nations opener in just over a month’s time. Needless to say, it got a bit of traction.

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