Ringrose is the same age that O’Driscoll was when he was selected in 2001
Warren Gatland announces his squad on Wednesday, midday
Brian O’Driscoll has called on Warren Gatland to include Garry Ringrose in his British and Irish Lions squad despite the centre’s young age.
The Ireland legend believes that the young centre has the ‘flair’ as well as the fight and is able to ‘dig in’ when the going gets tough, as no doubt it will in Kiwi country.
“He’s got to be close, he does,” O’Driscoll told The Telegraph. “The thing about him is that he’s a player for all seasons.
“He’s shown that, and I think that’s what differentiates him from other centres that look similar in the way they play the game, without naming names – I think it’s pretty obvious who I’m talking about.
“I think Garry Ringrose is someone I’d like in the trenches as much as I’d like on the hard ground of Loftus Versfeld.
“No matter who the opposition or what the conditions are, He’s there for the fight. He’s got fight in him.
“I just don’t know whether Warren Gatland is a big enough fan of him right now to select him, but he would be a really good addition to the Lions squad in my opinion.
“He’s a real flair to his game as well. Garry’s natural ability is very evident but he is very diligent.
“In terms of playing within a structure or a gameplan of a team. He’s a very, very good team player.
“We’ve got a phrase in Ireland – a ‘me feiner’, who is someone who only thinks about themselves. He is the antithesis of that.
“He’ll impress when the going is fast and he’ll also be there when you need people to dig in.”