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Friday 15 December 2017

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O'Driscoll set for sensational April return

IRELAND captain Brian O'Driscoll could be on course for a sensational return to rugby in April

"I would be very confident you would see him. We are hoping for April because May doesn't give him a lot of breathing space," said Leinster coach Joe Schmidt.

This would give O'Driscoll the target of returning for Leinster's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Cardiff on the first weekend in April.

This is, perhaps, optimistic. But, it does bring the possibility of the Heineken Cup semi-finals on the last weekend in April and final in May into view, as well as the Rabodirect PRO12 League play-offs.

Reports from the Leinster camp have confirmed that he is flying through his rehabilitation and he was very bullish about his progress in a radio interview last week, without setting a date on his return.

O'Driscoll is also on course for Ireland's June tour to New Zealand, where he wants to be part of a first Irish victory against the world champions.

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