Brian O’Driscoll is a big Garry Ringrose fan and when the world’s greatest ever 13 starts heaping praise on a talented 21 year-old, up and coming 13- you listen.
Speaking in the Sunday Times, O’Driscoll sees a bright future for the Leinsterman and still believes that he would rather Ringrose be thrown in at the deep end against Wales this afternoon.
“Because it is a different game now and Ringrose has a bit to go in his physical development.
“I have seen this guy at close quarters and he reads it quicker than everyone else. He sees it a fraction earlier and that allows him to play with the big boys. He is reading tackle situations earlier and that is the big thing from a defensive point of view.
“Attacking wise, I’m not worried about him. I saw him when he came straight out of school and came to Leinster. Got brought to Ireland training camp as opposition to run against us and you could tell he picked lines that I would have been envious of. I was never a hole runner like him.
“There aren’t many people who would go out on a limb, especially for a young player who is making his way.
“Maybe it’s because he’s a 13 that I can see it. But this guy is good. I think he can be great, but he’s already good.”