Retirement call from O'Driscoll

Date published: September 3 2013

Leinster, Ireland and Lions outside centre Brian O'Driscoll has once again reiterated that he'll retire at the end of the upcoming season.

Leinster and Ireland outside centre Brian O'Driscoll has once again reiterated that he will be hanging up his boots at the end of the upcoming 2013/14 rugby season.

The Lions back has told Newstalk in Ireland that this term is his last after being persuaded to play one more year by national boss Joe Schmidt.

“This is the 'one more year', I had to think long and hard (about playing this season) and there were a number of factors. I had to talk to Amy and listen to my body, I had to learn if I was still wanted in the Leinster setup and the Irish setup,” he said.

“It would be rude of me not to mention the chants from the stands in the RDS of 'one more year', the fact that you're still wanted by the faithful does mean an awful lot too.

“I remember I had a neck operation after the World Cup in 2011 and there was talk at the time that I might not get back playing from it and it started to hit home.

“I've been a professional rugby player all my life, I don't really know anything different. I don't really know the big bad world that regular people see and I have been in the process, over the last couple of years, of getting involved in things I'm interested in but nothing will replace the feeling of running out on the pitch but something that makes you get up in the morning.”

O'Driscoll, 34, revealed that family life would help fill the void left by rugby when he hangs up his boots next year, with young daughter Sadie already keeping him very busy off the field.

“I can't really remember what my old life was like but it's absolutely brilliant,” he added.

“I don't know how many times over the last six months she might have you up during the night but that smile in the morning when you come in makes it all go away.”