'He’s pretty looking, but he’s nasty too' - Brian O'Driscoll earmarks three to watch at Leinster
Leinster have ended a disappointing Champions Cup campaign with a record-breaking defeat at the hands of Wasps, but it’s not all doom and gloom according to Brian O’Driscoll.
Leo Cullen’s side were humbled 51-10 by the Aviva Premiership side at the Ricoh Arena, which came off the back of a morale-boosting victory over Bath at the RDS the previous week.
While there has been postmortems into the state of Leinster, and indeed Irish rugby in recent weeks, Ireland’s record try scorer and three-time European champion with his native province has identified three players in blue with a very bright future.
Second row Ross Molony – man-of-the-match on his European debut against Bath, midfield sensation Garry Ringrose and the industrious openside flanker Josh van der Flier have all been earmarked by the Leinster rugby legend in his most recent video on brianodriscoll.com.
"As a second row, the most important thing is can you mix it physically with those players in the tight five that have been around a number of years.
"He’s only 21 years of age, so has a lot of good years ahead of him.
"He’s a pretty looking guy, but he’s nasty too."
"The stand-out back for sure, he’s been exceptional. The variety to his game, he looks like he has plenty of time on the ball, he’s got an off-loading game, everything I think Ireland and Leinster are looking for.
"I'm a small bit disappointed personally that he wasn’t included in the national squad for the Six Nations. Even if he didn’t play, that exposure to top quality players would only make him better."
Josh van der Flier
"I’m most surprised by the ascent e has had this season, he’s been exceptional every time’s he’s played for Leinster, often in a Leinster pack that’s been going backwards.
"He’s an out-and-out seven, different to what we have there already. He’s a great work-rate and a fantastic tackle count."