Brian O’Driscoll: ‘It’s normal to feel loss and a little envy towards those still playing’

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The former Ireland and Leinster captain has made a documentary about retired sportsmen and mental health, a subject he knows plenty about

There are moments we don’t see, away from the din and dazzle of a fevered crowd, where a different truth emerges for a famous sportsman in retirement. On an ordinary Tuesday afternoon, at a low‑key Chiswick Rugby Club, Brian O’Driscoll tells me about some of them. They range from visiting a psychiatrist to help prepare for life without rugby to the distressing days when he worried about the onset of dementia after all the big hits he had absorbed.

O’Driscoll was one of the world’s greatest rugby players for 14 glorious years. From the sublime hat-trick he scored against France in 2000 to secure Ireland’s first victory in Paris in 28 years, his brilliance and courage lit up European rugby. He played his final Test in 2014, again in Paris, when he helped Ireland win the Six Nations title. It was a fitting finale to a career of 141 caps, 133 for Ireland and eight for the Lions.

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Written by Donald McRae
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/sep/05/brian-odriscoll-interview-rugby-union-ireland-leinster-mental-health-retirement under the title “Brian O’Driscoll: ‘It’s normal to feel loss and a little envy towards those still playing’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.