At today's press conference, Brian O'Driscoll was asked about life after rugby. With Leo Cullen already set to join the Leinster coaching staff from next season onwards. O'Driscoll admitted that the thought of coaching doesn't really excite him.
"The coaching thing at the moment doesn't really float my boat. Before Christmas I started thinking too much about the afterlife and there's no rush. I'll just enjoy this Six Nations and the knockout parts of the Heineken Cup and hopefully win some silverware."
You have to go back to Ciaran Fitzgerald (1991-92) to find the last capped Irish international to coach Ireland. Brian O' Driscoll doesn't look like he is going to follow in the hooker's footsteps.
O'Driscoll has acknowledged that at this time last year, he was unsure about his decision to retire. However, this year, he has no such doubts. He speaks with a certain quiet, fixed certitude that 2014 marks the end.