THERE WAS A spontaneous and rousing rendition of ‘One More Year’ for Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll following his try in the second-half of his side’s 44-16 Challenge Cup semi-final win over Biarritz.
O’Driscoll is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to decide on his rugby future. Supporters began to chant one more year as the outside centre returned to his position after diving over for Leinster’s fifth try.
As the song rang out around the RDS, O’Driscoll bent to tie a bootlace, smiling all the while.
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A similar chorus broke out for Isa Nacewa, who will leave Leinster during the summer to return to his native New Zealand.
Leinster coach Joe Schmidt told TheScore.ie, “They really enjoyed playing in front of such a raucous and robust audience today, especially with the chants of one more year. I wasn’t really sure if they were for Drico or Isa, or both.”
Schmidt confirmed that there had been further ‘chats’ with the IRFU and, while he is not yet assured of the Ireland head coach job, he expects to get a definitive answer from the union early next week.
When it was suggested that the chants could have been for himself, Schmidt remarked, “Oh, I don’t think so.”
Cian Healy told TheScore.ie, “It was a fitting reception for Brian. He’s an unbelievable player and leader.
“That’s his decision, if he decides to play on or call it a day but we’ll all certainly be rooting for him to stay.”