Waratahs coach Michael Cheika plays down links with Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll
Last Updated: October 17, 2012 11:46am
Brian O'Driscoll: Linked to a move to the Waratahs
Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika insists he has not been in contact with Brian O'Driscoll over a potential move to Sydney.
Cheika worked with the Ireland captain during his time in charge of Leinster - and O'Driscoll has sparked rumours of a possible reunion after claiming he would like to play in the Super Rugby competition.
And although Cheika wouldn't rule out a move for the British and Irish Lions international when O'Driscoll's contract expires in June 2013, he has yet to make an approach.
"Obviously I know Brian very well. It is no secret that he is one of a number of top players over there who would love to come down and play in the Super 15," Cheika said.
"I saw him before I left - I went to say goodbye. But we haven't spoken since. I wouldn't want to do that to him or the club. He is in the middle of a season, the Heineken Cup is still on and they are focusing on that.
"It is still my club and it is very close to me and I would not want to disrupt their season. That is Brian saying how he feels about things and what he might like to do.
"It would be a big decision for him to leave Ireland but the thought is there with all the top players they would all love to come down and have a try - there is no doubt about that.
"We don't have a marquee player... and whether we would go down that road is something we would have to discuss."