Ireland’s talismanic centre, 31 year old Brian O’Driscoll, will play in Saturdays opening Autumn International fixture against South Africa after the player was declared fit following successful training sessions on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
O’Driscoll has not played since injuring his hamstring on October 9th in a Heineken Cup match for Leinster.
This match will be of special significance to Irish rugby fans as it is the first to be played at their famous Lansdowne Road stadium since the ground was completely rebuilt.
Speaking about his return to fitness and the new ground, O’Driscoll said:
“We’ve enjoyed our time at Croke Park but now we want to make some memories at the new stadium,”
“It would have been disappointing to miss the first game at the new Aviva.”
South Africa visited Ireland last November and found the boot of Jonathan Sexton to be too good as the fly half produced every one of the 15 points Ireland chalked up that day en route to a good 15-10 home win.
Sexton starts again this weekend, in place of O’Driscoll’s long-time teammate, stand-off Ronan O’Gara.
Ireland v South Africa takes place on Saturday 6 November at 17:30 GMT.