Sunday 19 November 2017

O'Driscoll offered return to competition ... on 'Strictly'

Brian O'Driscoll. Picture: Sportsfile
Brian O'Driscoll. Picture: Sportsfile

Rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll has revealed that he turned down a return to competitive action - as a contestant in 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The former Leinster, Ireland and Lions captain admitted that it was appealing because "you'd learn a new skill and get incredibly fit, and you'd probably have a good time".

But he revealed that the whole "reality TV thing" and a lack of time put him off the prospect.

However, he said that he has turned to Pilates as he aims to stay trim since hanging up his boots at the end of the 2014 season.

O'Driscoll is busier than ever as a parent to Sadie, four, and Billy, two, with wife Amy Huberman's acting career also bringing its own demands.

"Amy has to react late, not knowing what's coming up with auditions and stuff, so we have to book holidays a week or two in advance."

O'Driscoll got his own taste of the movie world recently, as rugby choreographer for Irish coming-of-age story 'Handsome Devil', in which Amy plays a support role. "They needed someone to give a little bit of shape and legitimacy to the plays they were going to be filming," he explained. "So I went along for an hour-and-a-half one day and rehearsed a load of plays. There was quite a good standard - they knew what I was talking about. And they did a good job."

Read the full interview with Brian O'Driscoll in today's 'Weekend Magazine'.

Irish Independent

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