Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

RBS 6 Nations: Brian O'Driscoll plays down record as Ireland face Italy

Brian O'Driscoll poses for a picture with fans in Belfast last week
Brian O'Driscoll poses for a picture with fans in Belfast last week

Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll insists that becoming the world's most capped player in international rugby history in what will be his last ever Test in Dublin is of secondary importance to Ireland setting themselves up to win the Six Nations a week later in Paris.

O'Driscoll, who equalled Australian George Gregan's 139 Test appearances record last time out against England at Twickenham and will better it this Saturday afternoon against the Italians at the Aviva Stadium said the occasion was about Ireland winning rather than any personal landmark.

“There is no individual feeling, there really isn't,” he said. “There's always time to reflect afterwards and that's the time to do it.

“The team has absolutely priority and always has done. There will be no extra emphasis made by anyone this weekend other than giving us a final showdown against France.

Yeah, it's been good, but I'd enjoy it a lot more if we're walking around Stade de France with a trophy.”

Dismissing any idea of Saturday being special, the 35-year-old said: “It doesn't feel any different, it's just hard when you just want to get on with it.

“Yeah, I'm excited about a lot home game for sure in that it will be one to remember, but at the same time - and more importantly - it's about putting us in position to win the Six Nations.

“That's really been the main focus, I won't think about the final games until it's done and dusted and I'll reflect on it afterwards.”

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