Irish rugby legend to continue his exclusive partnership with Newstalk to co-present Off the Ball
Newstalk 106-108FM today announced that Brian O’Driscoll, Ireland’s most-capped rugby player, has re-signed his exclusive partnership with the Off the Ball team as Newstalk’s Premier Rugby Correspondent for the next two years. Following a successful first year of commentary from the rugby star Newstalk are delighted to have him on board. Brian will be part of the Off the Ball team every second Friday to talk about all the latest sporting news with Rugby World Cup a major focus over the next six weeks.
Newstalk is carrying comprehensive coverage and analysis of Rugby World Cup 2015 with Keith Wood, Liam Toland, Shane Jennings and more joining Brian O’Driscoll and the Off the Ball team behind the mic with daily updates and opinion on air and on Newstalk.com. Newstalk’s live European Rugby commentaries will also return this season with live coverage of Munster and Leinster over the opening two rounds of the EPCR Champions Cup this November.
Over the past year Off the Ball listeners have enjoyed the insights and knowledge of the former player with Brian bringing his 15 years of international rugby to the mic. With a stack of medals to his name and a Player of the Decade title from Rugby World Magazine, Brian’s opinions and perspectives are highly respected in the rugby world and will be of great interest as Ireland go in search of their first ever Rugby World Cup title.
Speaking to Adrian Barry on Off the Ball, Brian commented; “I’m delighted to be back with Off the Ball. It’s pretty daunting coming out of professional rugby after 15 years and getting into punditry, sitting on the other side of the fence but I have to say I’ve really enjoyed the radio side of things. The team is a laugh and every Friday night offers something different so it’s pretty exciting!”
Commenting on the Rugby World Cup action, he added; “I thought Jared Payne had a super solid game against Canada and was very effective defensively. I thought he had huge energy and was exactly what Joe would be looking for from his 13. He probably deserves a rest this weekend and he’s fortunate because the talk is that Robbie Henshaw is now fit again so Joe has the luxury of resting Jared and probably playing Darren Cave at 13. He’ll probably give the likes of Tommy Bowe and Simon Zebo a run and maybe Rob Kearney will get another outing because he’s only played two games. I’d say there will be wholesale changes this weekend with a view to being able to load the bench just in case things don’t quite go to plan.”
Commenting on the partnership, Garrett Harte, Newstalk Editor in Chief said, “We’ve had a fantastic first year with Brian being part of the Off the Ball team. He’s a great asset for us – his knowledge of the sport is unparalleled, and he brings a unique insight into the players’ thinking. We look forward to Brian’s insightful contributions or the next few years.”
Adrian Barry, Sports Editor, Newstalk said, “We have really enjoyed having Brian on the team over the past year and we’re delighted he’ll be staying on. This rugby season will be busy with the Rugby World Cup taking place over the next six weeks and then the RBS 6 Nations back in action in early 2016 and we know that our listeners really value Brian’s understanding of the game.”
Tune into Ireland’s most popular sports show, Newstalk’s Off the Ball, Monday to Thursday from 7-10pm, Fridays from 7-9pm, Saturdays from 1-6pm and Sundays from 12-6pm.