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  • O'Driscoll rules out World Cup

    Matthew Booker, December 4 2012,
    Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll rules out participating in 2015 World Cup
    O'Driscoll with Irish coach Declan Kidney during the pool draw on Monday
    O'Driscoll with Irish coach Declan Kidney during the pool draw on Monday
    Irish center Brian O'Driscoll has ruled out participating in the 2015 Rugby World Cup claiming that the event is '18 months too far away'.

    O'Driscoll, who is now 33 years old, has been an integral part of Ireland's first XV for many years now but has unselfishly ruled himself out of the 2015 World Cup in England.

    "It's weird, coming in I was very relaxed, no pressure's on it because I don't for a second anticipate that I'll have any involvement (in the World Cup). But something stirs you deep down. I think it's probably 18 months too far," O'Driscoll said.

    "I think it's fair to say I'm not going to make it. If I did, I'd be as shocked as you would be, so it's best if I just say, no, it's highly unlikely."

    "I don't know (about retirement) because I haven't even wanted to contemplate next year because I'm not playing. It's hard to talk about that (when likely to retire) when you're not playing.

    "So when I get into Six Nations camp, hopefully I'll get back playing and see how that works out, see how the body feels. It's funny, I was sitting there today and still I was enthusiastic. A little bit of you is resigned to the fact that you're not going to be there, but it doesn't mean you don't want to be.

    "It's just the body can only last so long and we'll see how much longer I can get out of it. If I'm still at the level I need to be at to play international rugby, I'll continue playing because I still enjoy it.

    "But I need to know when to call it a day as well, I need to listen to this (his body)."

    It appears as though O'Driscoll will call time on his career following the 2013/14 Lions tour.

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