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O'Driscoll focuses on Six Nations

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Sportal.co.nz     30 Jan 2014     getty

O'Driscoll confirmed in September that he will retire at the end of the 2013-14 season after another Six Nations with Ireland and a final club campaign with Leinster.

The 35-year-old centre, who has played 136 international matches, has put all thoughts of what is next 'on the backburner', while revealing he may not be interested in working as a coach.

"The coaching thing at the moment doesn't really float my boat," O'Driscoll told Irish radio station Newstalk.

"Before Christmas I started thinking too much about the afterlife. There's no rush. I'll just enjoy the Six Nations and hopefully the knockout parts of the Heineken Cup.

"Hopefully I can try to win some silverware, and once the season's done and dusted and the boots are finally hung up, there will be plenty of time to think about what the next plan is.

"I don't want to look back in a year's time and regret not having given this time everything. That's why I'm focusing solely on rugby and all other thoughts are on the backburner."

Ireland will start this year's Six Nations against Scotland in Dublin on Sunday and having endured a disappointing 2013 campaign, O'Driscoll is looking forward to trying to win another title after lifting the Championship Trophy in 2009, when they completed a Grand Slam of victories.

"It's nice knowing you can empty the tank in this Six Nations knowing it will be the last," O'Driscoll said.

O'Driscoll expects a tough contest against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium and says the Scottish are not a one-dimensional team anymore.

"They are trying to develop and play a more expansive game," O'Driscoll said.

"You can see it in their Rabo (Pro 12) teams and you have to adapt knowing that's coming at you.

"And they are passionate. When they pull on the Scotland jersey they're always passionate and if they are in the game in the last 15 minutes, they can be hard to shake.

"If you look at the last four years we’ve shared the spoils, so we have a healthy respect for them. We feel and believe that we are capable of beating them, but you don't get results from expectation – you have to deliver."