Brian O’Driscoll faces Danny Cipriani in BT Sport passing challenge


Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani was a special guest on BT Sport’s Rugby Tonight and took on the greatest Irish player of all time in a passing accuracy challenge.

Former Lions captain Brain O’Driscoll has been in high demand for his punditry services across a variety of media outlets and was called into action last night by Rugby Tonight host Ugo Monye to face-off in the ‘golden wrists’ challenge.

The rules are simple: Each contestant must attempt to knock-off rugby balls placed on podiums at the opposite side of the room. The catch is, that the balls get smaller in size as the competition continues and a point is scored for each ball that is knocked-off its perch.

The 40-year-old legend held his own and pushed Cipriani to the final throw of the game but it was the Gloucester No. 10 who emerged victorious to the delight of a packed studio.

O’Driscoll will be on commentary duty for Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash between England-Ireland where two of the favourites of the competition lock horns at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

The Irish talisman is the second most-capped player in rugby union history, having played 141 test matches: 133 for Ireland (83 as captain), and 8 for the British and Irish Lions.

He scored 46 tries for Ireland and 1 try for the Lions in 2001, making him the highest try scorer of all time in Irish Rugby.

Cipriani fell out of favour with Eddie Jones and the England Rugby hierarchy following his arrest during a nightclub incident on Gloucester’s pre-season tour to Jersey.

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The 31-year-old is desperate to make amends and prove his worth to the selectors ahead of the Rugby World Cup later this year in Japan, and will be focusing on his club form for Gloucester as the Cherry and Whites fight for a top-four spot in the Gallagher Premiership.

Cipriani has been the driving force behind Gloucester’s significant improvement over the past six months and has become a fan favourite at Kingsholm with his innate ability to assist in tries with his spectacular range of passing.

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