Brian O’Driscoll: ‘The Tana thing is all fine now, it dragged out too long’

The former Lions captain looks back on the highs and lows of his days in the famous red jersey

Brian O’Driscoll dives over the line to score a try for the of the British and Irish Lions during the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane in June 2001. Photograph: David Rogers/Allsport

Brian O’Driscoll dives over the line to score a try for the of the British and Irish Lions during the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane in June 2001. Photograph: David Rogers/Allsport

These have been grim times for everybody, but some people had the good fortune to cope with the various lockdowns better than others. For young parents, and particularly fathers, to be afforded more quality time rearing young children made adapting to the new abnormal easier. Even enjoyable.

Brian O’Driscoll admits he falls into this category. For starters life could slow down a little. “It did feel like I was on a little bit of a hamster wheel. I was travelling an awful lot. It was ‘next thing’, ‘next thing’, ‘next thing’.

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