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Brian O'Driscoll to mentor his Leinster replacement Ben Te'o

Published 21/08/2014 | 14:40

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Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has confirmed Brian O'Driscoll's coaching involvement with the team this season where he will be on hand to mentor new signing Ben Te'o.

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The 27-year-old Samoan international, who has played rugby union in the past, will join up with the Leinster squad once his involvement with Super League side South Sydney Rabbitohs comes to an end.

T’eo is currently serving a four-match ban resulting from a dangerous  chicken-wing tackle on Brisbane backrower Sam Thaiday’s shoulder in last week's round 23 game at ANZ Stadium and will miss four weeks of football.

O'Driscoll has signed up as a pundit for both BT and Newstalk, but O'Connor has confirmed that the former Irish and Lions international will be in place to help Te'o make the conversion from League as well as advising the other backs in the province.

"I've spoke to Brian," O'Connor told Independent.ie

"He will be keeping his finger on the game (with BT). He will be doing a bit of work with Ben. He will mentor him and help him out. He will help out in a coaching sense and others in midfield."

O'Connor added that the fact it is not a full-time role will give him the break he needs from the game after a distinguished rugby career.

"He will be happy to have a bit of separation. He has been in and out of the environment," he added.

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