The Irish Times Winter Nights Festival: Paul Howard meets a rugby great

At our online festival, Brian O'Driscoll talks about life during and after his rugby career

Brian O’Driscoll spoke to Ross O'Carroll-Kelly creator Paul Howard about his sporting life. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty

Brian O’Driscoll spoke to Ross O'Carroll-Kelly creator Paul Howard about his sporting life. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty

Former Irish rugby coach Joe Schmidt “ran out of road” during the team’s disastrous performance at the 2019 World Cup, Ireland and Leinster great Brian O’Driscoll has said.

“I was hearing murmurs of, not discontent at the World Cup – but things unravelling,” O’Driscoll explained to writer Paul Howard at the Irish Times Winter Nights festival. Ireland crashed out following a humiliating defeat to Japan and a trouncing at the hands of New Zealand. Schmidt departed shortly afterwards.

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