By Micil Glennon
Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll has hinted at a possible retirement date after stating that the 2015 World Cup is “18 months too far”.
The World Cup begins in mid-September 2015 and O’Driscoll’s comment would indicate that he intends to retire at the end of the 2013/2014 season.
Speaking after the RWC 2015 draw in London, the 33-year-old Leinster and Lions player said: “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.
"But something stirs you deep down. I think it’s probably 18 months too far.”
"I don’t for a second anticipate that I’ll have any involvement" - Brian O'Driscoll
O'Driscoll made his Ireland debut against Australia in Brisbane in 1999 but really announced himself on the world stage with a stunning hat-trick against France in the 2000 Six Nations, helping Ireland to a first win in Paris since 1972.
The centre, currently recovering from ankle surgery, has won 120 Ireland caps and led the team to the 2009 Grand Slam.
O'Driscoll has made 164 appearances for Leinster, winning the Heinken Cup three times. He has also toured three times with the Lions.
Ireland have drawn France and Italy, as well as Canada or USA and another European nation (to be decided) in Pool D of the 2015 RWC and O'Driscoll said "it could have been worse".