Brian O’Driscoll has announced one of the next steps in his career will be working as a rugby presenter for BT Sport.
The fomer British Lion, Irish international and Leinster star has agreed to carry out various roles for BT Sport, acting as a rugby expert and a BT Sport ambassador.
O’Driscoll, who retired last month as Leinster lifted the PRO12 trophy for the fourth time, beating Glasgow at the Royal Dublin Showground, is one of rugby’s all-time greats.
He has one hundred and thirty three Irish Caps and is the highest try scorer of all time in Irish rugby, he has two Six Nations titles and is the record try scorer in that tournament, went on four Lions tours and won three Heineken Cups.
O’Driscoll’s main role for BT Sport will be as a rugby expert on coverage of the newly formed European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup, he will also appear on BT Sport’s weekly Rugby Show – Rugby Tonight.
Rugby has been at the heart of BT Sport and has been a huge success in its debut season as a broadcaster, with rugby television audiences up by 40% on the previous season. Fans are now set to enjoy a terrific selection of matches from the European club tournaments.
Brian O’Driscoll said: “I’m excited to be embarking on one of the next steps in my career with BT Sport, it’s a big change for me, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and being involved at the inception of the brand new European tournament at a brand new channel like BT Sport.
“I’m joining BT Sport because I’ve been impressed by their new and fresh approach to rugby coverage and I’m looking forward to being a part of their team.”
Grant Best, senior channel executive producer for BT Sport added: “In the world of rugby Brian is a legend. We’re delighted that he has decided to join BT Sport as part of the next stage of his career and that he has chosen to join our Rugby presenting team, he brings a huge amount of knowledge and experience which will be invaluable in our coverage of the new European tournaments.”
BT Sport has the exclusively live rights to Aviva Premiership Rugby and the JP Morgan rugby sevens, plus rights to top live matches from the European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup.