Wednesday 19 June 2019

BOD: New nose, new career... and Amy is happy I don't snore

Brian O’Driscoll at the BT Sport studio in London.
Brian O’Driscoll at the BT Sport studio in London.
O'Driscoll made his debut on the show with other former stars including Lawrence Dallaglio and Austin Healy.

Declan Whooley

Brian O'Driscoll swapped the rugby pitch for the comfort of a studio as he made a seamless transition from player to pundit on TV last night.

The Leinster and Ireland rugby legend looked at ease in his new surroundings on BT's weekly rugby programme 'Rugby Tonight'.

Lawrence Dallaglio, Martin Bayfield, Ben Kay, Matt Dawson and Austin Healy were also in studio, with presenter Craig Doyle keeping up the Irish contingent. Austin Healy, a former Lions team-mate of O'Driscoll, introduced the new recruit as "the second most naturally gifted player to have played the game".

In a year of emotional entrances and exits, BT was keen to continue the theme, with O'Driscoll striding to his studio seat to Carly Simon's 'Nobody Does It Better'.

"The inner fat person hasn't burst out," O'Driscoll admitted before conceding he was excited at the next chapter in his life.

"It will be strange for the first few months, but I haven't missed pre-season."

"I did get a new nose," O'Driscoll admitted. "I had a deviated septum and too many people were telling me to wipe my nose, so I just said 'enough is enough, I'll get it straightened.'"

And he said that his other half Amy Huberman is happy with the outcome. "I don't snore as much now, so I've a happy wife too," he revealed.

The new show is produced in the style of Sky's Soccer AM.

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