Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll has confirmed this year’s Six Nations campaign is likely to be his last.
O’Driscoll, 34, has started the most Tests for his country (119) and scored the most tries (45) but has struggled with injuries for the last 18 months.
The centre missed the 2012 Six Nations and the autumn internationals and Jamie Heaslip has been preferred as Ireland captain for this year’s campaign.
“There’s a strong possibility it could be my last,” said O’Driscoll.
“There’s every chance it’s my last Six Nations but I haven’t really allowed myself to start thinking about finishing.
“If you start thinking about it too early, you’re one foot into retirement already. I’m contracted [with the Irish Rugby Football Union] until the summer and I’ll see how my body feels.”
Ireland kick off their Six Nations campaign against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.