Saturday 25 November 2017

Boss backs young guns as O'Driscoll goes under the knife

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

AS Brian O'Driscoll prepares to go under the knife tomorrow, Isaac Boss believes his replacements in the Leinster team are the "future of Irish rugby".

The Ireland captain will have repair work on a trapped nerve and is expected to miss the rest of the season as he undertakes six months of rehabilitation.

And despite agreeing that O'Driscoll will be a major loss to the province, scrum-half Boss has every confidence in the squad's younger talent.

"We're lucky enough to have some quality midfield players to come in and it's probably the future of Irish rugby with Ferg (Fergus) McFadden and (Eoin) O'Malley and other guys. They are ready to take their chance," he said.

"It's the nature of rugby, someone gets injured and someone else gets their chance and they are ready to take their chance."

And despite the serious nature of the injury to O'Driscoll, Boss expects him to make a full recovery.

"Obviously everyone is very disappointed. There are a number of injuries in the squad and you'd feel sorry for them. As a team it's probably selfish to say we'll miss them because they are the ones who are missing out on being involved in the team and being out there at games," said Boss.

"I'm sure (Brian) doesn't like going out there to be a waterboy at matches. There are a number of other injuries as well, and we are all hoping for the best for them and Drico and hoping he comes through well, and comes back and makes a full recovery. I'm sure he will."

Irish Independent

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