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Thursday 19 October 2017

BOD will be a great pundit - Tindall

Brian O'Driscoll will be just as successful on TV as he was on the pitch, according to his pal Mike Tindall.

The two recently retired rugby players toured together with the British and Irish Lions, and former England captain Tindall (35) said BOD will enjoy a huge career as a pundit.

After hanging up his boots following a 15-year rugby career, dad-of-one O'Driscoll has just signed a deal as a commentator for BT Sport.

He will also officially join the team of Newstalk's Off The Ball in September.

"I don't think Drico needs any advice because he has been around the game for so long that he knows as much as any coach or more than any player, so with his sort of insight it would be beneficial having him around just for his leadership qualities," said Tindall.

"The way he is, how he conducts himself on the field or in punditry, there's value there in everything he can offer and Drico will do it with a smile on his face."

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Tindall, who is married to British royal Zara Phillips, joked that 35-year-old BOD may need a nose job before going into a TV studio.

He also said he will have no problems in fairly assessing his former comrades such as Jonny Sexton and Rob Kearney.

"You have to be fair and you have to give your opinion, but it doesn't mean you have to make players upset with you," he said.

Tindall is looking to make his way on to a rugby panel, now that he's stepped down as a pro. In addition, he has more time off to spend with his wife and their five-month-old daughter Mia.

Although he married into the royals, he doesn't see much of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Tindall was in Ireland yesterday to support Ronan Keating's Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic at the K Club in Kildare.

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