Wednesday 25 April 2018

O'Driscoll: D'Arcy could comfortably play at 13

Brian O'Driscoll believes that Gordon D'Arcy could
Brian O'Driscoll believes that Gordon D'Arcy could "comfortably" play at outside centre
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Brian O'Driscoll has said that Gordon D'Arcy could easily fill his number 13 jersey after years of not getting the recognition he deserves at 12.

Speaking as guest presenter on Newstalk's Off The Ball programme, O'Driscoll said that his long-time midfield partner has all the credentials to move to outside centre as Joe Schmidt assesses the candidates to fill the iconic jersey.

Brian O'Driscoll believes his long-time centre partner Gordon D'Arcy should get far more credit for his contributions over the years.

"D'Arcy has probably not got the credit he deserved," he said.

"I've had the best seat in the house to see how good he's been for the last decade and how important he's been to me and the teams that we've been involved in," while also adding that he could "comfortably play at 13".

D'Arcy made a try-scoring appearance for Leinster tonight in their Guinness PRO12 encounter with Cardiff Blues at the RDS.

Another name linked to the position is Tommy Bowe and O'Driscoll says the Ulster star would also be more than capable of making the positional switch.

"He's more than capable. But for him, having seen the success of the team in the Six Nations, he just wants to get himself back in the team in some jersey."

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