O’Driscoll holds off retirement

Leinster have been given a huge boost ahead of their Amlin Challenge Cup final with Stade Francais on Friday with the news Brian O’Driscoll has signed a new one-year deal (Leinster 1/7, draw 25/1, Stade Francais 9/2 – 2013 Amlin Challenge Cup final 80 minutes).

The 34-year-old looked set to retire at the end of the current campaign having intimated he would hang up his boots this summer.

However, the veteran centre, who will be touring with the British & Irish Lions this summer in Australia, has decided to carry on for one more year with Leinster and will be available for selection with Ireland for the 2014 RBS 6 Nations.

O’Driscoll, who is facing a race against time to be fit for the clash with Stade Francais at the RDS Stadium on Friday, is delighted to have agreed a new one-year deal for club and country (Ireland 13/2 – 2014 6 Nations outright).

He said: “I want to thank the IRFU and Leinster for allowing me the time to think about my future and discuss my options with my family.

“The support my family and the Irish and Leinster fans have shown me over the past few months, and indeed years, has been phenomenal and I am now very much looking forward to one more year playing with Ireland and Leinster.”

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