Brian O’Driscoll has made a return to the training field having been confined to rehabilitation and gym work after a shoulder operation last November.
Having played through the pain at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, O’Driscoll decided to go under the knife to put an end to the ‘stinger’ injury which has affected him for years.
While it was initially anticipated that the Irish captain would be out of action for the remainder of the season, his recovery to date suggests a possible return in April. While he admitted his skills had suffered from the lengthy absence from the game, he was pleased to be back on the training ground with his Leinster teammates.
“On Monday I went into training and the lads were in good spirits; Leinster have managed two wins and a draw during the Six Nations so far,” O’Driscoll wrote on irishrugby.ie. ”The international contingent also came in and they were very upbeat after the victory against Italy. It’s great to get some pitch time and train with other players rather than the coaches. It did remind me though how far I have to go, even down to skills and relearning defensive systems and calls. And no, I am not getting any special treatment in terms of the physical aspect of things, although there was no contact work during this session.”