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O’Driscoll considering Super Rugby switch

Guinness PRO12 Editor

7 Oct 2012

Brian O'Driscoll returned for Leinster but failed to make it a winning one as the Ospreys ran out 23-22 victors in Dublin

Leinster centre Brian O’Driscoll admits he could be tempted to make a switch from the RaboDirect PRO12 to the Super 15 in Australia when his contract runs out.

The 33-year-old Ireland captain currently remains contracted to the province and the Irish RFU until next summer.

A move Down Under in time for the 2014 Super Rugby season is on the cards though with former Leinster head coach Michael Cheika now in charge of Sydney-based Waratahs.

And having long held ambitions to play on the Super Rugby stage, Ireland’s record try-scorer admits he is intrigued by the idea of linking up with his former boss, who spent five years at the helm in Dublin.

“What excites me is the challenge of playing against the calibre of player you are playing week-in, week-out down there,” O’Driscoll told the Australian Daily Telegraph.

“That is an exciting prospect. But whether all the pieces fit, I don’t know. At this moment in time, probably not but Cheiks has my number, so if he wants to give me a call, he knows how to get me.

“Just before the World Cup I thought about the possibility of last year maybe taking a little bit of downtime after the World Cup, and playing a year of Super Rugby.

“The three best teams in the world make up the Super 15, and you look at the individuals and you look at the calibre of sides and the quality of Super Rugby and the intensity of it, obviously it is a hugely high standard.

“I am contracted only to June, so whether I play on for another year after that, the body will be able to tell me later on this year.”