Friday 26 May 2017

'I used to break out in cold sores' - Brian O'Driscoll 'appalled' that Ireland players didn't enjoy a 'Super Sunday' session

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Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll is disappointed that Joe Schmidt's squad didn't enjoy a knees-up together the day after they ended England's dream of back-to-back Grand Slams and the world record for consecutive wins against tier one nations.

Ireland's record tryscorer was not pleased to hear that the squad broke up on the day after the game and failed to enjoy a 'Super Sunday' session after enduring a tough seven weeks of Six Nations action, that saw Ireland finish second in the Championship.

"I was on to one of the boys yesterday and I was asking was there a 'Super Sunday' on and he told me that Super Sunday's were a thing of the past, which I was appalled to hear," O'Driscoll told Off The Ball on Newstalk

"I saw some of the boys heading off on holidays on Sunday. Fine, you get four or five days off but Super Sundays are part of the release.

"The body tends to hang in there, no matter what shape you're in, for the duration of the Six Nations and as soon as the brain switches off... the job's done, you take a breather. The body tends to shut down. I used to break out in cold sores and you feel the niggles way more.

"That whole getting together as a team... you don't enjoy going out on the final night out in town. No matter where you go, it's not you as a team going out.

"That's why going to Keogh's used to be a regular of ours. Going there, into the snug and enjoying our own company during the afternoon and having a few pints and having a laugh.

"I think back at some of the laughs and sometimes Cheltenham was on at the same time and we'd be going to the bookies next door and having a punt. It was a laugh."

O'Driscoll does not believe that the players were forced to abandon the 'Super Sunday' tradition because of orders handed down by the Irish coaching staff.

"I can't imagine it's a coaching staff thing. I know Andy Farrell is certainly a man who likes a pint and Joe knows to celebrate things at the right time," he added.

"Granted, it wasn't a championship but it doesn't matter. After a Six Nations, it's important to pull it all together and enjoy each other's company.

"Enjoy it with the pressure off.

"I'm sure some of them met up but not as a collective, not lads staying up from down the country.

"The profile is still very young. Not many guys with kids, I can understand those guys heading home because they have bigger responsibilities than going out with 21-year-olds. It's a shame that it's not a component."

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