Cheika cools O'Driscoll talk

 Oct 18,2012
Written by: Editor

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says he is uncertain whether he will follow up a strong hint from Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll that he would like to play in Super Rugby.

O'Driscoll told British media this week he would consider playing in the southern hemisphere competition when his current contract with Leinster ends in June 2013.

Cheika, who coached O'Driscoll at the Irish club, said he hadn't spoken to O'Driscoll since he took over as head coach of the Waratahs on September 18.

However Cheika wouldn't rule out a move for the British and Irish Lions international when O'Driscoll's contract expires.

"Obviously I know Brian very well. It is no secret that he is one of a number of top players over there who would love to come down and play in the Super 15," Cheika told <i>AAP</i>.
"I saw him before I left - I went to say goodbye. But we haven't spoken since. I wouldn't want to do that to him or the club. He is in the middle of a season, the Heineken Cup is still on and they are focusing on that.
"It is still my club and it is very close to me and I would not want to disrupt their season. That is Brian saying how he feels about things and what he might like to do.
"It would be a big decision for him to leave Ireland but the thought is there with all the top players they would all love to come down and have a try - there is no doubt about that.
"We don't have a marquee player... and whether we would go down that road is something we would have to discuss."

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