BRIAN O’DRISCOLL has confirmed his availability for his country’s summer Tests against New Zealand and Australia.
The Ireland captain pulled out of the squad prior to Tuesday night’s win over the Barbarians at Kingsholm after learning of the tragic death of a close friend, casting a doubt over his participation in the summer tour.
The squad departed London last night en route to New Zealand without their captain, but an IRFU spokesman said O’Driscoll will link up with the team over the weekend.
“Brian O’Driscoll has confirmed his availability to the Ireland team management for the summer tour to New Zealand and Australia and will be travelling to the southern hemisphere to lead the team,” said the spokesperson.
“He will travel over the next 48 hours and will join up with the rest of the squad ahead of the first test against New Zealand on June 7 in Wellington.”
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