Six Nations 2014: Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll wants to bow out in style
Six Nations 2014: Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll is hoping to call time on a decorated career in style this spring
The 2014 Six Nations will be the last chance to watch Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll in an emerald green shirt – and the legendary centre intends to bow out in stunning style.
O’Driscoll has been a cornerstone of Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations squad since the turn of the decade, appearing in 13 tournaments and racking up 26 tries.
It is fair to say that out of 14 seasons to have only won one Championship is a bit of a disappointment
However, his nation’s clash with Scotland on Sunday will mark the beginning of the end for the 35-year-old as he plans to retire at the end of the season.
In his time on the Six Nations stage Ireland have emerged victors just once – achieving the Grand Slam in 2009 – but O’Driscoll is keen to put on a final flourish.
“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,” O’Driscoll said.
“Unfortunately, we’ve been second a lot of times. I think it is fair to say that out of 14 seasons to have only won one Championship is a bit of a disappointment.
“But, there are always possibilities when you’re walking into another one.
“This trophy has been around a long time – granted it has gone from five to six – but it is definitely a competition that is very difficult to win.
“That heightens the excitement of the players and also of each of the countries and their supporters and the realisation of the Grand Slam or the second best of trying to win the Championship is a very hard thing to come by.”
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