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O’Driscoll tipped for fourth tour with the Lions

By Niall Crozier

Former Munster coach Tony McGahan expects Leinster ace Brian O’Driscoll to be a key member of this summer’s British and Irish Lions side for the tour of Australia.

McGahan — now back home working as Australia's coaching co-ordinator — said: “O'Driscoll is a player who can win a match with one moment of magic and I am certain he will be a part of the touring party.

“If Brian is fit then he will, I am sure, be a big part of the Lions tour.

“He is a player who commands huge respect on this side of the world.

“What he has achieved with Leinster and, in particular, with Ireland is well known in Australia.

“He has been a marvellous player for a long number of years and he continues to be.”

O'Driscoll, who turns 34 on January 21, played in the Lions' last trip to Australia in 2001.

Finally having recovered from an ankle injury, Friday night saw him return to competitive action for the first time this season when he lined out for Leinster in their RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

The midfield genius is expected to lead Ireland in the forthcoming Six Nations campaign which kicks off on February 2 with Declan Kidney’s men facing Wales — last season’s Grand Slam winners — in Cardiff.

McGahan believes that the five-match series will lay the foundations for what would be O'Driscoll's fourth tour with the Lions against the old enemy down under.

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