Monday 26 February 2018

O'Driscoll on...his four Ireland coaches

Warren Gatland, the Wales head coach looks on during the international match between Wales and Australia at the Millennium Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales
Warren Gatland, the Wales head coach looks on during the international match between Wales and Australia at the Millennium Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales
Irish rugby union coach and a former footballer Eddie O'Sullivan
Declan Kidney, the Ireland head coach, looks on during the Ireland captain's run at the Aviva Stadium on February 9, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland
Joe Schmidt, the Leinster head coach issues instructions
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Warren Gatland

"Warren is a vastly superior coach now than he was back when I was originally capped in '99 and I would like to think I am a considerably better player than I was back in '99 as well; a lot more knowledgeable about the game, understand the ins and outs of the game a lot more, tactically way more astute."

EDDIE O'SULLIVAN

"Eddie was a great coach and I think he did wonders for us. He has three Triple Crowns and I am flabbergasted that he hasn't been picked up on another coaching ticket since the World Cup in '07 other than the American job, because, as coaches go, he's a pretty decent coach."

DECLAN KIDNEY

"We've obviously had our ups and downs. We had him for a year in Leinster, but then he did bring us the holy grail of a Grand Slam, which we've got to be hugely thankful for. I think he got the best out of that team and he's found himself winning trophies with teams and it's hard to argue with that; his record speaks for itself."

JOE SCHMIDT

"I didn't want to miss out on the potential I felt he would bring. I think it's exciting as a player – even for someone who's been around a long time, as I have been – to always know that you have to bring out your best at training. It makes you deliver your best and makes you add to the different scenarios you're in. I think we all, in everything we do, we all want to add quality and I think he demands that."

Irish Independent

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