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O'Driscoll has one more task

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Sportal.co.nz     09 Mar 2014     Getty Images

The retiring centre made his 140th Test appearance in Ireland's 46-7 win over Italy on Saturday, and was instrumental in three of his side's seven tries.
Victory keeps Ireland top of the table with a +81 points difference, and they know victory over France in Paris will give them an excellent chance of winning the competition.

An emotional O'Driscoll admits a Six Nations triumph at the Stade de France would be the best way to end his illustrious career.

"I haven't really let myself think about it [retirement]," he told BBC Sport. "It is emotional.

"But it is a good way to leave and sets it up nicely for next week.

"I have loved my time playing in this jersey - it has to come to an end at some stage and I am happy to go out [on home soil] with a big win.

"We need to go to France with big positivity and try and relive what happened in 2000 [when Ireland last won in Paris].

"It is one thing playing in this jersey but it is another thing altogether winning in this jersey."

O'Driscoll has won one Six Nations title and four triple crowns during his 15-year international career with Ireland.

Meanwhile, Italy coach Jacques Brunel believes Ireland can claim the title.

"I think Ireland can win the tournament because they have great continuity," said Brunel.

"And they have shown they can sustain that over the whole 80 minutes and showed it also against the All Blacks last year."

Reflecting on Italy's performance, Brunel added: "[In] the first half with little possession we showed good defence.

"In [the] second half the possession didn't change but our defence wasn't so competitive as it was in the first half.

"The major weakness was the team's [lack of] possession."

Defeat leaves Italy rooted to the bottom of the table ahead of their final game against England in Rome next weekend.