After retiring, Ireland’s most capped player Brian O’Driscoll feared he was “slowing down a small bit”. He feared it enough to get a battery of neurological tests carried out.

“After I finished I felt I was slowing down a small bit. I just felt as though my coordination wasn’t quite the same, so I went and got a load of neurological tests and scans just to be sure,” O’Driscoll told David Walsh. “Excuse the pun but it was all in my head.


“When you are doing something for 15 years and then you stop for six months of course your coordination is going to be down a fraction.”

He also admits to having concerns over the future health of Irish fly half Johnny Sexton;

“It would be preferable if Johnny didn’t have them [concussions] for a period. It gets highlighted because he is the poster boy of Irish rugby,” said O’Driscoll in an interview with the Sunday Times.

“Johnny would give out to me for saying this but I wish he would sort out his tackle technique. I think that is an issue and that it the reason why that he is finding himself in those head collisions because he is very chest-up.”

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