Brian O’Driscoll has refused to be drawn on putting a date on his retirement from rugby ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against the Cardiff Blues.
The 33-year-old has just returned to the Leinster side having sat out six months of rugby, including a disappointing Six Nations campaign for Ireland, after undergoing shoulder surgery on a trapped nerve.
“I don’t know,” O’Driscoll said when pressed about a retirement date. “I’m not in a place at the moment where I am going to worry about how long I play for.
“Right now I am enjoying my rugby. We are where we want to be. We are top of the league, 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.
“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 as to when he is going to retire. There is no need to be putting a time limit on anyone.”