Final bow O'Driscoll 'focused on win'

Published Monday, 03 March 2014
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Brian O'Driscoll has said he won't allow the build-up of emotions to affect him as he plays for Ireland for the last time in Dublin this weekend.

Final bow O'Driscoll 'focused on win'
O''Driscoll said he will be putting the emotion to one side come Saturday. (© Getty)

The iconic centre and former captain will make his final bow at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday as the Irish take on Italy in the Six Nations.

But 35-year-old O'Driscoll - who retires this summer - says that while Ireland are still in contention for the title, his only focus will be on winning the game.

"It doesn't feel any different, it's just hard - you just want to get on with it," he said. "I'm excited about it being a last home game, for sure, in that it will be one to remember.

"But at the same time and more importantly it's an opportunity to put ourselves in an opportunity to win the Six Nations.

"I really won't think too much on the final games until it's done and dusted, and there'll be plenty of time to reflect on it afterwards."

O'Driscoll admitted that he thought last March's 13-13 draw with France in Dublin would prove his final Ireland turn on home soil.

He went on: "There was emotion last year; against France I did at the time think that was going to be it, but a couple of different factors convinced me to play on for another year.

"I'm not really that emotional a person, and so I won't allow the build-up to affect me. Whatever emotions you do have after that will happen organically. Sure aspects will be difficult and I'll be sad, but I can't wait. There is no individual feeling, there really isn't.

"I've never been one for great sentiment. There's always time to reflect afterwards, and that's the time to do it. The team is the absolute priority.

"There will be no extra emphasis made from anyone, other than an opportunity to give ourselves a final-day showdown with France."

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7 Comments
Neil in Dunmurry wrote (182 days ago):
Notthern Ireland do have a sport representing them on the international stage. Football, netball and im sure many more. Stupid comment there sir
P in Belfast wrote (182 days ago):
@Guess in NI. So the NI football team doesnt play International Matches? I can remember the team playing World Cup/European Championship qualifiers. Yes, they may not have a fantastic set of results but still competing on an International Level.
confused in Tyrone wrote (182 days ago):
@Guess..."Every country should have..."? What sport would you like to represent your country ? lol
Guess what ??? in not together, standing small wrote (182 days ago):
@ Guess... I for one, would love to see a N.Ireland rugby team "Competing" at international level. It would detract absolutely nothing from the quality of the "real" Ireland team and add enormously to the comedy value of the sport. Please remember that the Ulster team is a "CLUB" team made up of many nationalities (including "real" Irish) and in no way gives any indication of how a Norn Irish pack would perform .
Asj in Belfast wrote (182 days ago):
@guess there is no need to have country north Ireland sport in rugby no way no way we all still have support Ireland than north and south. u are only one that u supporr north ireland rugby lol Million people are support Ireland lol
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