The 35 year old is determined to win the coverted trophy just one more time before retiring at the end of the season.
“Before Christmas I started thinking too much about the afterlife. There’s no rush, I’ll just enjoy the Six Nations and hopefully the knock-out parts of the European Cup. Hopefully I can try to win some silverware, and once the season’s done and dusted and the boots are finally hung up, there will be plenty of time to think about what the next plan is. I don’t want to look back in a year’s time and regret not having given this time everything. That’s why I’m focusing solely on rugby and all other thoughts are on the back-burner.” O’Driscoll told the Belfast Telegraph.
O’Driscoll praised his former Leinster mentor Joe Schmidt for what he’s brought to the national side ahead of the New Zealander’s maiden Six Nations.
“I think Joe’s brought a lot of his traits that we’ve seen over the years into this job. That’s what got him promoted to this job. But like all good coaches he’s always trying to evolve, he’s a big thinker of the game. I don’t know anyone who would do more analysis than Joe Schmidt. He has an insatiable appetite for the game, you can see it in everything he does, We have strict timelines to how long we spend on the park. You’ve got that time to get it right, so get it right. That mentality switches into the players very quickly.” said O’Driscoll.