Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Brian O'Driscoll says family will be key factor in his decision on when to quit rugby

Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll

The most important factor in helping to decide if Brian O'Driscoll plays on for one more year is his family, the Leinster, Ireland and Lions star has said.

The talismanic member of the British and Irish Lions had a scare at the weekend when he went off injured after 12 minutes because of a back spasm in Leinster's 17-15 PRO12 semi-final win over Glasgow.

However, he should be fit for Friday's Amlin Challenge Cup Final against Stade Francais, the PRO12 Final a week later and then onto the Lions tour Down Under -- with his whole family in tow.

"My wife and daughter, my mum and dad, sisters and nieces and nephews are all travelling, there's a big crew of them going down," O'Driscoll said.

"Having all the family members down there is always nice because you're yourself most around those closest to you."

A previous British and Irish Lions captain, the Adidas ambassador continued: "They've been phenomenal supporters of me throughout my career and I really love having them at games because they're your number-one fans."

The sporting star has yet to make a final decision about his retirement from professional rugby, but when he is ready to decide it will be with his family's blessing.

O'Driscoll hinted that he would love to play a part in new Ireland coach Joe Schmidt's team, having enjoyed two Heinken Cup wins under the Kiwi's management at Leinster.