The look of the Irish rugby team is looking a little less familiar each day first Jerry Flannery had to hang up his boots, then Shane Horgan decided to call it a day and now Mick O’Driscoll looks set to bring his career to an end at the close of the season.
The Cork born second-row stalwart has spent most of his distinguished career with Munster aside from two seasons with Perpignan, Munster has been the place to call home for O’Driscoll. O’Driscoll has racked up more than two hundred appearances for the Irish province a feat very few others can claim.
Despite hefty competition for a place in Ireland’s second row O’Driscoll managed to pick up twenty-three caps for his country. The thirty-three year old Munster favourite made his international debut in 2001 against Romania. He previously made his Munster debut against Neath way back in 1998.
O’Driscoll’s imminent retirement is just the latest sign that Irish rugby is in a stage of transition. Luckily for Ireland fans despite the large number of retirements the irish youth system is still churning out top class players. Many just waiting for an opportunity.
Munster will surely now be looking to end the season with a flurry to give ‘Big’ Mick O’Driscoll a proper send off.