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Saturday 20 January 2018

Brian O'Driscoll: I had to apologise to Joe Schmidt for premature Grand Slam tweet

Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll

Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll had to send Joe Schmidt a very apologetic message after placing unnecessary Grand Slam pressure on the team in green.

After the final whistle of last week's 18-11 victory over France, a delighted Brian O'Driscoll tweeted: "Another great win. 2 done 3 to go! This team absolutely has a slam in them and who knows what else..."

Schmidt was questioned about the tweet in his post-game press conference and a contrite BOD had to get in touch with the Kiwi to say sorry.

"The Six nations is all about building, you win the first two and people who should know better tweeting about Grand Slams," he told Off The Ball on Newstalk.

"I find myself out in the cold saying outlandish things.

"Apparently playing the game for 15 years give you absolutely nothing for keeping reality in check. Apologies for that.

"I read that it was brought up in the press conference by Gerry Thornley and Joe Schmidt said, ‘oh great, thanks Drico’.

"I had to text Joe a couple of days later and say, ‘hey Joe, sorry about that one’.

"I got very excitable, what can I do? Don’t go with your emotion."

O'Driscoll also revealed how Schmidt is an expert in putting players on the spot and rules with fear.

"He’ll ask in meetings sometimes, he’ll throw a warning question out, ‘’I’m gonna ask someone’. I would be at the front of the meetings and you would turn around and everyone would be frozen," he added

2There is a little bit of schoolteacher in Joe and there’s nothing like ruling with a bit of fear."

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