Brian O'Driscoll ready to 'empty the tanks'
January 29, 2014
Brian O'Driscoll is playing his last Test campaign © Getty Images
Brian O'Driscoll has postponed all decisions about life after rugby until he retires at the end of the season.
For the time being, however, he is desperate to get on with life after the British & Irish Lions - and certainly the furore over head coach Warren Gatland's decision to drop him for the final Test in Sydney last July. Gatland was pilloried for dropping O'Driscoll, although the subsequent 41-16 landslide victory to claim the series offered vindication, and the row has rumbled on.
Gatland, also the Wales coach, admitted last week that he had jokingly asked O'Driscoll to influence the crowd not to boo him at Aviva Stadium.
O'Driscoll, who is preparing for Ireland's open Six Nations Test against Scotland in Dublin before playing Wales six days later, is quite clear he has no interest in the lingering Lions pantomime.
"What happened, happened, no one can change it," he said. "I don't have any ill-will towards Warren. 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."
O'Driscoll wrestled with retirement last season before deciding to continue for one more season, and his form in the Six Nations was not entirely as good as he would have liked. Reaffirming his commitment to quit at the end of this season, come what may, the 128-cap centre said he had a clear mind for the Six Nations because he was no longer tormented about the future.
"I was really unsure last year and it was strange emotions," O'Driscoll said. "It's nice knowing you can empty the tank in this Six Nations knowing it will be the last. From my own point of view it's probably a little less stressful."
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