Brian O’Driscoll focused fully on the here and now

Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll

Ireland centre, Brian O’Driscoll, has no interest in any lingering British Lions pantomime when Wales are the visitors to Dublin for the second weekend of the Six Nations championship.

Wales boss, Warren Gatland, who was Lions head coach in Australia during the summer caused a sensation when he dropped O’Driscoll for the crucial third and deciding Test against the Wallabies.

A 41-6 walloping of the Aussies vindicated Gatland, but the former Irish coach is certain to get a reaction from home fans on Saturday week.

However, O’Driscoll insists he has no ill-will towards Warren with time apparently seeming to heal any wounds.

“When it was raw afterwards your emotions are a bit different. Time does heal all wounds and I don’t have any animosity towards him,” said the 35-year-old.

“What I will look towards is just trying to be involved in a team that can potentially beat his team.

“But that game is next week, we are playing Scotland this week,” said O’Driscoll, reflecting his focus is fully on the opening game against the Scots at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

The focus then turned to life after rugby - O’Driscoll due to retire from the international front at the end of this season.

The Irish stalwart remained focused on what lies immediately ahead rather than thinking too far down the line.

“I’ll just enjoy the Six Nations and hopefully the knock-out parts of the Heineken 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 backburner.”

Hailing boss Joe Schmidt as crucial to Ireland’s chances of a successful Six Nations, O’Driscoll admitted it is important the country develop home-grown frontline coaches, even if he does not eventually number among them.

“I think Joe’s brought a lot of his traits that we’ve seen over the years into this job,” said O’Driscoll.

“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.”