12 Jun 2010

O'Driscoll says he'll be fine despite dizzy spell

6:19 pm on 12 June 2010

The Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll sat out Friday morning's captain's run at New Plymouth's Yarrow Stadium with a recurring vertigo problem.

O'Driscoll stayed in his hotel room while the team rounded off their training on a wet Yarrow Stadium, but he arrived at the ground later to declare himself fit for tonight's Test against the All Blacks.

He says the last time he suffered from vertigo was after Ireland won the Grand Slam last year and he was unable to attend the celebratory dinner.

This time it's not so bad and the skipper says he'll be fine for the All Blacks' opening Test of the season.

O'Driscoll added he did not think it was stress related.

The Irish skipper added that the formula for an upset tonight's simple - the whole team must play better for 80 minutes if they're to reverse their 105-year winless streak against the All Blacks.

Meanwhile the All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw's welcomed the possibility of Sonny Bill Williams joining the Crusaders, following the former Kiwis and Bulldogs league star's confirmation of a move to New Zealand.