O’Driscoll comeback ahead of schedule

Ireland skipper Brian O’Driscoll could return to competitive rugby within a three or four weeks.

O’Driscoll was set for a six months lay-off following shoulder surgery in November but his father Frank yesterday reported the recovery process was ahead of schedule. O’Driscoll senior told Newstalk yesterday that his son was: “like a greyhound — just raring to go and we’re hoping he’ll be back in three or four weeks.”

If the centre is back within that time-frame he could be in contention for Leinster’s Pro12 clash against Munster in Thomond Park on March 31 or the province’s Heineken Cup quarter-final at home to the Cardiff Blues on April 7.

And O’Driscoll senior had words of encouragement for that national side that bids to end a miserable run of form away to France in tomorrow’s re-arranged Six Nations clash in Paris.

He said: “We have a side that can beat anyone as long as we play together. What we have to do is stay with them, if we go chasing the game after 10 or 20 minutes we’re done for.

“If you don’t get parity in the pack and they get a lot of ball to their backs they’ll demoralise you.

“I’m expecting us to do extremely well and with a little bit of luck, you’d never know.”


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