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Monday 23 October 2017

We miss BOD, but he better not slag us off in TV role, says Fergus

FESTIVAL FEVER: Fashion stakes high as Galway gets into race mode

Andrea Guerrero from County Clare and Mary Lee from County Galway enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival. Photo: Mark Condren
Andrea Guerrero from County Clare and Mary Lee from County Galway enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival. Photo: Mark Condren

LEINSTER rugby star Fergus McFadden has revealed how the team are already missing Brian O'Driscoll.

But he warned his former teammate would be in for some serious slagging if he criticised his old pals in his new role as pundit.

The rugby star was enjoying a day at the Galway Races where he admitted the Leinster training grounds felt that little bit quieter without BOD.

"We'll see how we're missing him once the season starts but we're definitely missing him around the place. He's a great character and a good friend and I suppose you would miss him and his personality," he said.

McFadden also had high praise for his former centre as he takes on his new role as rugby pundit with BT Sports.

"I think he'll probably do pretty well, he's an expert on the game so I'm sure his punditry will be good and pretty fair," he said.

However, he had a jovial warning for O'Driscoll when it comes to commenting on his former teammates.

"I'm sure there will probably be a bit of slagging if [he criticises the players] but Brian doesn't really have a bad word to say about many people so I'm sure he'll be fair in his punditry. Hopefully he won't slate me anyway," he added.

While enjoying the day McFadden was sticking strictly to water as training is in full swing.

"We're back two weeks now so it's going well. It's been good to be back in training. It's been tough so far, just getting the fitness levels back up after having four weeks off so yeah, getting back into a few pitch sessions is good," he said.

McFadden was enjoying the races with Ireland chums Conor Murray, David Kilcoyne and Robbie Henshaw along with Connacht player John Muldoon and his coach Pat Lam.

Meanwhile, Noelle Fleming from Claregalway won the Most Appropriately Dressed Lady Competition with her outfit from Concepts in Oranmore.

 

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