O’Driscoll back, Leinster await & Warwick staying

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Following the announcement of Brian O’Driscoll’s continued captaincy of the Ireland senior rugby team, there’s was much more to debate other than the IRFU’s willingness to stick with the former Leinster captain as the iconic leader for Irish rugby.

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As O’Driscoll said himself, at the IRFU press conference held in the Strand Hotel in Limerick on Tuesday where the entire squad is based, “I don’t know anything different in rugby only playing as captain so it’s not much of a change for me. I still listen to the senior lads and we operate as a team in this leadership.” See our video link to see Paul O’Connell’s views on the Championship and missing out on the captancy of the Irish team.

O’Driscoll’s captaincy was one element to emerge from Tuesday’s rugby news, where the semi final draw for the Heineken cup was also announced. Munster and Leinster could meet in the competition’s semi finals should both sides account for their respective oppositions in the Ospreys and Harlequins. 

A neutral Irish venue will be sought as Munster would be the home side should they progress to the last four of the Heineken cup.

For the quarter final match in Thomond Park, Munster are set to welcome over 6,500 Ospreys fans should the Welsh side take up their full allocation for the stadium. 

Sticking with Munster Rugby and Tuesday also brought unconfirmed reports that Paul Warwick was to sign a three year deal with London Irish. But thankfully Munster rugby confirmed to the Limerick Post this morning that Paul Warwick will be staying with the province for another two seasons.