New career, new nose ... and Amy is happy I don't snore, says BOD
HE has finally kicked off his career as a pundit and rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll admitted he had a nose operation ahead of his TV debut.
The retired Leinster and Ireland player, who enjoyed 15 years on the field as one of the game's leading centres, made his debut as a contributor on BT Sport last night opposite host Craig Doyle and ex-England star Lawrence Dallaglio.
Introduced by his fellow Dubliner Craig, the 34-year-old admitted that following many hard tackles on the pitch he sought medical help to repair his nostrils over the summer.
"I did get a new nose, I had a deviated septum and too many people were telling me to wipe my nose, so I just said 'enough is enough, I'll get it straightened'."
And he said that his other half Amy Huberman is happy with the outcome.
"I don't snore as much now, so I've a happy wife too," he revealed.
Getting straight into the thick of things, dad-of-one BOD spoke about analysing his old team mates and how he's looking forward to commentating on the high and lows of the season.
The Clontarf native has been enlisted to provide analysis of the new European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup on BT Sport and will feature regularly on the sports channel's Rugby Tonight show.
"It'll be strange for the first while, I haven't missed the pre-season training or the hard work, but I'm sure once the games start it'll be a bit difficult," he said.
"Although once the Champions Cup starts it'll be exciting to commentate on that - from as neutral a perspective as I can."
With no doubt plenty of offers coming his way since stepping off the pitch, British and Irish Lion Brian decided BT Sport was the best option for him.
"I'm excited... it's a big change for me, but I'm looking forward to the challenge and being involved at the inception of the brand new European tournament at a brand new channel," he said.
In addition to his TV career, BOD is also giving the airwaves a shot. He will officially become part of the Off The Ball team on Newstalk Radio this month.
Brian is refreshed after enjoying a relaxed summer with his wife of four years Amy Huberman and their daughter one-year-old daughter Sadie.
He has not ruled out a possible move to the US with Amy, should she wish to pursue acting over there.