Sunday 22 April 2018

O'Driscoll calls for Irish progress

Brian O'Driscoll has spoken of the importance of building on last year's success. Photo: Getty Images
Brian O'Driscoll has spoken of the importance of building on last year's success. Photo: Getty Images

Brian O'Driscoll will lead Ireland into Saturday's RBS 6 Nations opener warning his team-mates they must continue to evolve if they are to retain their title.

Ireland completed their first Grand Slam in 61 years in last season's championship and launch their defence against Italy at Croke Park.

"There's an element of the monkey now being off our back, but that's come and gone," he said. "You just forget that and look to another campaign, putting the same pressure on yourself to perform."

He added: "We've spoken about expectations and we know we can't remain stagnant, otherwise other teams will pass us by. That's our sole focus."

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