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O'Driscoll on verge of return for Munster tie

BRIAN O'Driscoll could be on the verge of making a sensational return to action against Munster on March 31, according to his father Frank.

Ireland's leading try-scorer underwent surgery on his shoulder last November and was expected to spend six months out of the game but he has shown remarkable powers of recovery.

"He's like a greyhound in the traps at Shelbourne Park, he's just mad to go and we're hoping he'll be back in three or four weeks," his dad Frank said. If his father's assessment is accurate, BOD would be available for Leinter's clash with their provincial rivals and the Blues Heineken Cup quarter-final against the Cardiff Blues on April 7.

O'Driscoll revealed to the Herald in an exclusive interview last week that his recovery had been going much better than expected and wqas hoping to play a part in the closing stages of the season.

Meanwhile, BOD's Leinster team mates at the top of the Rabodirect Pro12 league after a 22-6 victory over Airone last night. SEE P56-57