BOD refuses to put timeline on career
April 3, 2012
Brian O'Driscoll has not given an indication of when he will hang up his boots © Getty Images
Leinster and Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll has refused to put a timeline on when he is going to call it a day and retire from the sport.
The 33-year-old had hinted in the past that he may use the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour as his swansong but following a season blighted by injury, the 117-cap international has distanced himself from hanging up his boots - unlike fellow team-mate Shane Horgan who called time on his career last week.
"I'm not in a place at the moment where I am going to worry about how long I play for," he said. "Right now, I am enjoying my rugby. We are where we want to be. We are top of the league and in the knockout stages of Europe so I don't see any need to be putting a timeline on when I am going to finish."
Fellow Ireland international Ronan O'Gara has recently declared that he will continue playing until he is 38 - but O'Driscoll claims that the fly-half's timeline is more an attempt to keep the media happy rather than a definite indication of the time remaining in his respective rugby career.
"I spoke to Ronan [O'Gara] the other day and he mentioned 38 but he mentioned 38 so people would get off his back and stop asking him when he is going to retire," he said.
"There is no need to be putting a time limit on anyone. If they are in good form, their body is feeling good and they are mentally in a good place then I think you play on as long as possible. Just ask Brad Thorn."
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