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Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll during the captain's run ahead of their Amlin Challenge Cup final against Stade Francais on Friday. Picture: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile.

Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll during the captain's run ahead of their Amlin Challenge Cup final against Stade Francais on Friday. Picture: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile.

Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll during the captain's run ahead of their Amlin Challenge Cup final against Stade Francais on Friday. Picture: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile.

"HE'S put some pressure on me, so I'd certainly like to put a bit of pressure back on him." Joe Schmidt, April 30

It would seem the gentle encouragement given by Brian O'Driscoll to Joe Schmidt to become the Ireland coach has been returned by Schmidt in what is obviously a close relationship.

"There's a little bit of everyone who doesn't want a good thing to end, he's been such a good thing for Irish rugby," said Schmidt.

"I benefited from having him in the group over the last three years because he allows you to do some things on the field that you can experiment with because of the talent and the vision that he plays with.

"So I think we've enjoyed that coach-player relationship, thus far. And so it would be great to continue that involvement for another year."

There was even room for another push from Schmidt yesterday as O'Driscoll's decision to extend his playing career to the summer of 2014 filtered through the Irish media.

What about two more years?

"If you just suggest that to him, I think that would be fine. That would just about see him through to the World Cup and that might be handy.

The chant of 'one more year' has come to fruition for O'Driscoll. He just could not rid himself of the warrior spirit that has taken him to – and kept him – at the summit of the game.

"Look, I've no doubt that this time next year we may be saying the same thing. I guess we're going to have to convince Amy (his wife) and little Sadie (his daughter) of that because I think, inevitably, that puts a slightly different equilibrium into people's lives.

"In the short-term, I'm just delighted he's here for one. I'll take that at this stage and, hopefully, that one goes really well for him."


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