Friday 24 November 2017

Leinster boost as Brian O'Driscoll declares himself fit for final farewell

Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll
David Kelly

David Kelly

Brian O'Driscoll has revealed he will be fit for his farewell Leinster appearance in tomorrow week's Pro12 final against Glasgow Warriors at the RDS.

O'Driscoll had been considered a major doubt after coach Matt O'Connor reported that he had shipped a heavy knock to the head and neck during last Saturday's semi-final victory against Ulster, also at the RDS.

O'Driscoll intimated that he wanted to continue, but he was withdrawn on the advice of the Leinster medical staff, under the charge of John Ryan.

The former Ireland captain collided with Iain Henderson's hip in the 49th minute and he was laid out on the ground for over a minute before he sat up.

Following scans and treatment, Leinster confirmed that O'Driscoll, along with Fergus McFadden and Sean Cronin, did not suffer concussion and were due to return to training this week.

And Leinster, who go for back-to-back Pro12 title wins against the in-form Glasgow side, will be buoyed by O'Driscoll's declaration.

"Personally, it would have been a disappointing way to finish, going off,'' said O'Driscoll. "I feel good.

"Thankfully, we managed to turn it around against Ulster. And it's nice to have one more final to play for.

"It will be tough, but it's nice to have it at home. You can only ask for oppotunities to be in finals and win them. The rest is up to you and then you hope to get the job done."

Irish Independent

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