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Brian O'Driscoll is enjoying his weekends too much to even consider coaching

He was speaking at the final day of the Web Summit.

O'Driscoll was speaking alongside Rio Ferdinand on the main stage at the Web Summit.
O'Driscoll was speaking alongside Rio Ferdinand on the main stage at the Web Summit.
Image: Web Summit/Flickr

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL HAS no intention of going into coaching any time in the near future.

The former Ireland captain opted to pursue a career in media after he called time on his playing days at the end of last season and insists he’s enjoying life after rugby.

Speaking alongside former Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand at the Web Summit on Thursday afternoon, O’Driscoll admitted he’s not prepared to give up his weekends.

“For the time being, the coaching side of things doesn’t really do it for me because I wanted my weekends back,” he said on the main stage.

“I don’t do a huge amount of stuff, just the Champions Cup rugby with BT which is only nine weekends a year.

“And, with a couple of other brands and interests – I’m involved with the Ultimate Rugby app and that’s the kind of day-to-day stuff.

“So being able to get involved in that side of things is very different to what I’ve done in the past, so for the time being coaching isn’t really on my radar.”

O’Driscoll will be part of BT Sport’s European rugby coverage from next weekend and was a pundit during the World Cup for ITV.

The 36-year-old admitted he found it strange watching games during the recent tournament and even needed help finding his seat at Twickenham because he’d never really done it before.

“From a team point of view, I wanted a clean break away from it,” Ireland’s record try-scorer added

“Working on the Champions Cup allows me to still have a huge interest in the game and impart the little bit of knowledge I hope I still have.

“But I like doing a little bit of the one-on-one stuff with guys who are interested in what I have to say, and I’ll pull apart their game a little bit; I’m only too happy to help.”

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