Saturday 21 September 2019

Brian O'Driscoll: Queen Elizabeth joked about my retirement and Mike Tindall's nose

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Ireland's President Mary McAleese (C) greet Ireland's rugby team captain Brian O'Driscoll when she visited Ireland in 2011. Photo: Reuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Ireland's President Mary McAleese (C) greet Ireland's rugby team captain Brian O'Driscoll when she visited Ireland in 2011. Photo: Reuters
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman attend a State Banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins

Cormac Byrne

Brian O'Driscoll has revealed how Britain's Queen Elizabeth teased her granddaughter Zara Phillips husband when congratulating the Leinster, Ireland and Lions star on his retirement.

Speaking on the Ray D'Arcy Show this morning, BOD described how the monarch poked fun at former England captain Mike Tindall and the state of his nose when the pair met at Windsor Castle in April during President Michael D. Higgins visit to Britain.

"She's very sharp. A met her a couple of time but at Windsor Castle, she knew I was retiring and she said, 'First of all I'm very impressed with...' and then she took the piss out of Mike Tindall, 'You certainly look like your relatively unscathed, your nose in considerably better shape than Mike Tindall's'," he said.

"I couldn't help but agree with her."

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Mike Tindall

Mike Tindall

As well as promoting his autobiography My Test, which goes on sale on Thursday, O'Driscoll discussed how his daughter Sadie is looking forward to the arrival of a second child for the rugby star and wife Amy Huberman.

"She knows 'baby' and she kisses the bump but she has no idea, she's only 20 months," he added.

He has taken up a punditry role with BT Sport in his retirement and for the first time in 15 years, he was not involved in Leinster's European campaign but commentating on it.

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"It was hard. I went around the RDS and seen parts of it where I had never been and walking around with everyone and I was like 'what? this takes ages...'," he said.

"That's life now. It was strange but it is the big European games that you miss."

While he no longer has to prepare for the rigours of professional rugby, O'Driscoll trains three times a week for his back and to keep the weight down.

"I've to do pilates once a week to make sure my back keeps ticking over, I try and life once a week and run once a week. I try my best to train three times a week and not eat as much."

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