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Brian O'Driscoll to join Off The Ball team on Newstalk from September

The retired rugby star will be interviewed about the switch to punditry on the radio station later this evening.

NEWSTALK HAVE ANNOUNCED the rugby signing of the summer as Brian O’Driscoll will join the Off The Ball team from this September.

The former Leinster and Ireland legend will join the radio show as a co-presenter following a short break over the summer months.

“Making the decision to join the Off the Ball team was an easy one for me — it’s the nation’s leading sports show and best radio station and following a break this summer I’ll be more than ready for it come September,” said O’Driscoll.

“Thrilled” Newstalk sports editor and the Off the Ball presenter Ger Gilroy remarked that the team had a gap for a world-class outside centre. “Seriously though,” he added, “his giant sports brain will be picked clean on a regular basis, we can’t wait.”

O’Driscoll will join Gilroy tonight on the show this evening for his first official interview following his retirement. He signed off with a RaboDirect Pro12 win on Saturday despite only lasting eight minutes of the final.

Speaking post-match, he declared, “I’m sure I’ll be about the place. I’ll take anything. I’m about to be unemployed in a month so I’ll take whatever is going.”

Brian O'Driscoll with Ger Gilroy Bodcasters: Ger Gilroy with his new signing. Steve Langan / INPHO Steve Langan / INPHO / INPHO

Gerard Whelan, Newstalk chief executive commented, “It is with great excitement that we welcome Brian to Newstalk. Brian is one of the very few truly global sports icons, and we know that his addition to the Off the Ball team will provide our listeners with a sports insight and commentary not found at any other station. “

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