Live

Jack Charlton Tribute Hour

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Jack Charlton Tribute Hour
Conor Breslin
Conor Breslin

20:27 22 Jul 2020


Former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll said Jason Robinson was a player you ‘just could not work out’ and ‘honed the ability to be unpredictable.’

Speaking on Off The Ball, O’Driscoll spoke about the four British and Irish Lions Tours he was a part of and who should make the plane on the South African tour in 2021.

The former Irish centre said that not many players would make a huge impression at training to be involved in the starting squad. However, former England captain Jason Robinson was an exception.

“To get to see in close quarters what he was capable of," recalled O'Driscoll. "You see so much on a Saturday, but when you’re training and playing and watching players of that calibre leading up to a Saturday. You see some exceptional stuff that cameras don’t always catch.

“Jason, I knew so little of him in 2001 other than his rugby league talent. But to have a full appreciation of what his footwork was like, you need to defend against it, and it was horrible at times in training.”

'I smashed him'

While O’Driscoll said it did not happen often, he does recall how on one occasion he did get the better of Robinson at training.

“We once did a one on one tackling drill and I got Jason Robinson in a five-metre channel. He did his up-in-the-air and his dummy. He went one side and I smashed him.

“There was only a 50% chance of me catching him. I decided to go one way and he unluckily just went in my way.”

O’Driscoll was full of praise for his former Lions teammate who trained and played alongside the Irish centre during the 2001 and 2005 tours of Australia and New Zealand.

Robinson, who played 51 times for his country, scored 28 tries and won a World Cup in the process, was credited by O’Driscoll as being one of the most unpredictable players he ever played against.

“I would’ve analysed him a lot as I played against him, he was equally comfortable on either foot, it made no difference to him. There was no preference on ball carry, you just could not work him out. He honed the ability to be unpredictable as well.

“He might’ve been a small guy, but he packed a serious punch too.”

Everyone’s in the Team Of Us.

Vodafone. The Official Sponsor of the Irish Rugby Team.

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Brian O'Driscoll British And Irish Lions Jason Robinson Lions Tour Rugby Rugby Union

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

Jack Charlton Tribute Hour

Jack Charlton Tribute Hour

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

Up next

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Alan Quinlan's 'How's The Head?'

Alan Quinlan's 'How's The Head?'

02:00 PM-03:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

03:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

OTB

OTB

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:30 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Dadcast

LIVE: Dadcast

10:00 PM-11:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

11:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

Leaders Questions with Stuart Lancaster

Leaders Questions with Stuart Lancaster

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on