Irish Rugby Football Union announce new one-year deal with Brian O'Driscoll

Last Updated: 16/05/13 10:38am

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The IRFU has announced a new one-year contract with Brian O'Driscoll

The IRFU has announced a new one-year contract with Brian O'Driscoll

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Brian O'Driscoll has signed a new one-year contract with Leinster and Ireland, the Irish Rugby Football Union has announced.

O'Driscoll made his senior debuts for his province and country in 1999 and has since gone on to appear 125 times for Ireland and 172 times for Leinster, scoring 46 international and 59 Leinster tries.

O'Driscoll said: "I want to thank the IRFU and Leinster for allowing me the time to think about my future and discuss my options with my family.

"The support my family and the Irish and Leinster fans have shown me over the past few months, and indeed years, has been phenomenal and I am now very much looking forward to one more year playing with Ireland and Leinster."

Exceptional

The IRFU's CEO Philip Browne, said: "The IRFU is delighted that Brian has chosen to sign a new contract, ensuring he remains available to Ireland and Leinster for one more year.

"Brian is a truly exceptional talent and there is no doubt that this new contract will boost our game, at every level, in the coming year.

"We wish him, his Leinster and indeed his Lions team-mates all the very best in their forthcoming games and look forward to working with Brian in the 2013/14 season."

Outgoing Leinster coach Joe Schmidt, who has recently taken up the Irish reins, said: "It's great that Brian has agreed to continue playing. He's an inspirational player, not only on the pitch, but also on the training ground.

"He's played well again this season and other players continue to learn from him. I know that every squad of which he is a part will profit from his qualities both as a rugby player and a person."

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