Monday 23 October 2017

Australia switch 'not on my radar' -- Brian O'Driscoll

The Ireland captain still does not know if he will continue playing after his contract expires in June.
The Ireland captain still does not know if he will continue playing after his contract expires in June.

Ruaidhri O'Connor and David Kelly

BRIAN O'DRISCOLL looks set to finish his career at Leinster after ruling out a move to Australia at the end of the season.

The Ireland captain still does not know if he will continue playing after his contract expires in June. However, having opened the door to a potential re-union with Michael Cheika at the New South Wales Waratahs next season with comments he made in an interview with an Australian newspaper, he poured cold water on the idea.

"It is certainly not on my radar at the moment," he said. "I don't know if I am playing on beyond June. I am contracted until then and I am enjoying it at the moment and I have no plans or desires at the moment to go over there. Michael hasn't been in touch and it's best to nip these things in the bud."

Joe Schmidt names his team at midday today for the European champions' clash with the Scarlets in Llanelli tomorrow. The Leinster coach confirmed that Gordon D'Arcy is fit for selection, but said Rob Kearney was "unlikely" to feature.

Scarlets winger Morgan Stoddart has been given a reprieve after the ERC disciplinary committee opted not to invoke any further sanction after his red card against Clermont.

Clermont's Nathan Hines has been cleared to play in the December double-header against his former club Leinster after receiving a six-week ban for stamping in his side's victory against Llanelli.

Meanwhile, Harlequins full-back Mike Brown has expressed his desire that Conor O'Shea remains at the English champions beyond next summer, even if the job of head Ireland coach becomes available.

"He's definitely a candidate to take over Ireland," said Brown. "Hopefully he won't go. We'd obviously fight to keep him."

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