O'Driscoll focused on Six Nations

Published Tuesday, 28 January 2014
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Brian O'Driscoll has said he won't be reflecting on life after rugby until he retires and instead is preparing for his last season playing for Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations.

O'Driscoll focused on Six Nations
O'Driscoll says he is still delighted to be a part of the Ireland campaign. (© Getty)

Speaking at a press conference, the reliable centre admitted he had moved on from any upset over the British and Irish Lions tour and was focusing on this weekend's opener against Scotland.

A decision by head coach Warren Gatland to drop him the last Test in last year's tour Down Under was widely criticised despite the Lions ending on a landslide 41-16 victory over Australia.

As Gatland returns to Dublin next weekend for Ireland's clash with Wales, O'Driscoll said he doesn't hold any grudges.

"What happened, happened. No one can change it, I don't have any ill will towards Gatland, when it was raw afterwards your emotions are a bit different but time does heal all wounds but I don't have any animosity towards him," he said.

"What I will look towards is trying to just be involved in a team that can potentially beat his team but that's next week, we got a game this week."

The Leinster and Ireland player said his last season was no different from any other.

"Because it is the last one it does not add any more incentive, it really doesn't.

I think as professionals you are expected to delivery each time and I have always had hopes, there is always a little bit of peaking and troughing throughout your career but I always have hope that I maintained a certain standard and it's just about being a good pro and treating the competition for what it is, a brilliant one and a difficult one to win."

With only 15 test matches left until Ireland will line out in the World Cup, Joe Schmidt must start planning for life without BOD.

But the 35-year-old is as determined as he ever was to impress when he pulls on the Irish jersey and stay in contention for a spot in the team.

He added: "Being certain that you are going to be a start under Joe, it's a good way to be from a player point of view, it keeps you sharp it makes sure you are focused, the detail, he is big on detail, and when you hear the team, if he starts at 15 I don't hear numbers 12 to 1.

"Once you hear your name read out you kind of blank out a little bit, so I am still delighted to be part of it."

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Ted in Dublin wrote (180 days ago):
Yes Ireland will beat wooden spoon specialists Scotland
Roishin Magennis in Warrenpoint wrote (181 days ago):
Good Luck Ireland
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