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Monday 18 December 2017

O'Driscoll believes Paris is a perfect fit for Cheika

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll hinted that life in Paris might be more suited to the fashion conscious Leinster coach Michael Cheika, who has taken the decision to move on to big-spending Stade Francais at the end of this season.

"I am sure the new life in Paris will suit him down to the ground. I wish him the best in his new move," said O'Driscoll.

Cheika will leave behind a legacy of silverware from the Magners League to the Heineken Cup that turned Leinster from entertainers into championship winners.

"It doesn't surprise me that he hasn't taken any time (away from the game). He has a great work ethic. He has a great passion for the game.

"He has done wonders for us as a province in giving us a great structure. Hopefully, we can improve on that," stated O'Driscoll.

It follows on from Leinster chief executive Michael Dawson's tribute to the Australian: "Michael has always been up front with his future plans which enabled us to make a smooth transition for next season and we thank him for that.

"We have no doubt that Stade Francais will benefit from his man management and motivational skills, not to mention his coaching prowess, which has overseen the province's success in securing the Magners League and Heineken Cup titles over successive years.

"His proactive nurturing of our up-and-coming talent in our Academy, coupled with the success of his signings in the transfer market, have helped Leinster become a more consistent force in both our domestic competition and in Europe and the province has benefited greatly from his leadership."

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