Ireland’s talismanic centre, Brian O’Driscoll, admitted On Wednesday the decision remains open as to if this will be last Six Nations Championship in the green shirt.
O’Driscoll caused a bit of a stir last week in suggesting that this year’s tournament could be his last, but yesterday said his body would let him know when the time was right.
The decorated 34-year-old’s Leinster contract expires in the summer, and his future has been a source of ongoing speculation with the summer British Lions tour to Australia offering a potentially fairytale end.
A starring role in Saturday’s 30-22 victory over Wales, however, dispelled any notion of decline as he brilliantly set up one try, scored another and displayed trademark steel in defence.
When asked about his retirement in the build-up to Wales, he gave the most definitive answer yet that he was participating in his last Six Nations, but yesterday he revealed the decision remains open.
“I said it because I was asked the question. I hadn’t intended causing a stir, I was just being honest in answering a question,” he said.
“I haven’t really allowed myself to think about it. If you start thinking about retirement in six months time you’re already there.
“I just want to concentrate on my rugby and enjoy it and live in the moment.
“It will all evolve. The situation will unfold. I’ll have to listen to my body.”