Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll has ruled out participating in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, describing the event as "18 months too far."
33-year old O'Driscoll is currently recovering from ankle surgery but is due to return for Leinster and Ireland in the New Year, with a fourth Lions tour on the cards to Australia in June.
O'Driscoll's statement indicates that he plans to retire at the end of the 2013/2014 season, whilst many expect O'Driscoll to call time on his glittering career after the Lions tour next year.
"It's weird, coming in I was very relaxed, no pressure's on it because I don't for a second anticipate that I'll have any involvement (in the World Cup). But something stirs you deep down. I think it's probably 18 months too far," O'Driscoll told The Irish Examiner.
"I think it's fair to say I'm not going to make it. If I did, I'd be as shocked as you would be, so it's best if I just say, no, it's highly unlikely."
"I don't know (about retirement) because I haven't even wanted to contemplate next year because I'm not playing. It's hard to talk about that (when likely to retire) when you're not playing.
"So when I get into Six Nations camp, hopefully I'll get back playing and see how that works out, see how the body feels. It's funny, I was sitting there today and still I was enthusiastic. A little bit of you is resigned to the fact that you're not going to be there, but it doesn't mean you don't want to be.
"It's just the body can only last so long and we'll see how much longer I can get out of it. If I'm still at the level I need to be at to play international rugby, I'll continue playing because I still enjoy it.
"But I need to know when to call it a day as well, I need to listen to this (his body)."