BOD predicts tough battle for honours
Brian O’driscoll believes this season’s European Rugby Champions Cup will be more difficult to win than ever. The 38year-old, who lifted the European Cup with Leinster Rugby in 2009, 2011 and 2012, insists the competition for the title is at its fiercest ever.
“I think it’s tougher to win these days than when I was involved,” O’driscoll told epcrugby.com. “If you just look at the calibre of the Pools, there are very few sides that you think wouldn’t get a victory. I feel fortunate that I was involved in three winning sides when it was a lot easier than it is now.”
The former Ireland c en t r e r ec k o n s the 201718 competition could have s t r o ng representation in the last four again,
“I think Clermont and Saracens will be in the mix again, Leinster will be there and Munster won’t be a million miles away.” “And Toulon will be there again. They have the experience and a wealth of players who know how to get out of any Pool.” O’driscoll, who made 133 appearances for Ireland and eight for the British and Irish Lions, felt his first European Cup win in 2009 was the greatest achievement of his provincial career. “The first time you lift it has to be the most special. After 10 years of disappointment, it was great to go and win it against one of Europe’s big names in Leicester Tigers, having beaten Munster in the semi-final. The second and third were the icing on the cake, but that first one was very special because it was a relief.” a