O’Driscoll to retire in 2013

Brian O’Driscoll has announced that the 2013 Lions tour to Australia will be his last trip providing he remains injury free and retains form until then. If he can manage to get onto the British and Irish Lions team he will have 18 months of rugby.

O’Driscoll admist that he’s dreading the thought of leaving and not being part of a team:

“Throughout the years, I heard lads talking about the end of their careers and how much they were missing the camaraderie and the craic, and I was thinking they were exaggerating.

“I was saying, ‘That’s a bit too much man love’, but I can see it now. I can see what they were talking about.

“I’ve spent over a third of my life playing professional rugby, so it’s going to have a huge impact when the day comes that I’m not doing it anymore – and I’m dreading it. I see guys who were hugely popular with Leinster over the years, John Fogarty, Malcolm O’Kelly and others, and because they’re not part of everyday training they just can’t have that connection.

“They’re still tied to certain people, but not the team as a whole. That’s all gone.”

O’Driscoll has captain the team to the Six Nations, a Grand Slam and a Triple Crown and has led Leicester to two Heineken Cup titles…. However he still wants more….

“For me, the inspiration is about trying to be the best that you can be, trying to show those who doubt me, the people who think I’m over the hill, that I still have it…I don’t want to be someone who just petered off towards the end of his career, I want to go out on a high”.