Friday 26 December 2014

Brian O'Driscoll: 'This is what retirement looks like'

Published 01/06/2014 | 13:32

Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll waves to fans after winning the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS, Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 31, 2014. See PA story RUGBYU RaboDirect. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll waves to fans after winning the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS
Leinster's Jamie Heaslip lifts the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS
Leinster celebrate winning the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS
Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll after playing his final professional game of rugby
31 May 2014; Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll celebrates with team-mates Ian Madigan, left, and Cian Healy after the game. Celtic League 2013/14 Grand Final, Leinster v Glasgow Warriors, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Leinster's Leo Cullen, left, and Brian O'Driscoll pose for a photograph after playing their final professional game of rugby
Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll celebrates with team-mates Ian Madigan, left, and Cian Healy after the game
Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll celebrates at the end of the game with Leinster mascot Leo the Lion
Leinster's Rob Kearney, left, and Fergus McFadden celebrate after the game
Leinster captain Leo Cullen, right, and Brian O'Driscoll lift the Celtic League Trophy
Leinster's Leo Cullen, left, and Brian O'Driscoll shake hands after victory over Glasgow Warriors, their final game in professional rugby
Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll is applauded after his final game in professional rugby
Zane Kirchner, Leinster, runs in to score his side's third try of the game
Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll walks out onto the pitch for his last professional game of rugby
Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll before having to leave the field with a knee injury that cut short his final game
Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll is attended to by team physio Garreth Farrell, right, and Dr. Arthur Tanner, team doctor after picking up a first-half injury.
Jamie Heaslip, Leinster, is tackled by Jonny Gray
Zane Kirchner, Leinster, goes over for his side's first try despite the tackle of Peter Horne
Shane Jennings, Leinster, runs over to score his side's second try of the game
Gordon D'Arcy, Leinster, is tackled by Alex Dunbar, left, and Peter Horne
Zane Kirchner, Leinster, is tackled by Sean Gordon Reid
Shane Jennings, Leinster, celebrates scoring his side's second try of the game with team-mate Zane Kirchner
Shane Jennings, Leinster, runs over to score his side's second try of the game
Leone Nakarawa, Glasgow Warriors, is tackled by Rhys Ruddock
Chris Cusiter, Glasgow Warriors, is tackled by Eoin Reddan
Ian Madigan, Leinster, is tackled by Josh Strauss, top, and Rob Harley
Josh Strauss, Glasgow Warriors, is tackled by Rhys Ruddock
Ian Madigan, Leinster, is tackled by Peter Horne
Devin Toner, Leinster, wins possession of the ball in a lineout
Jimmy Gopperth, Leinster, is tackled by Peter Horne
Leinster's Shane Jennings celebrates his try against Glasgow Warriors during the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS
Fergus McFadden, Leinster, is tackled by Josh Strauss, right, and Leone Nakarawa
Leinster players before the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS
Jonny Gray, Glasgow Warriors is tackled by Zane Kirchner
Leone Nakarawa, Glasgow Warriors, is tackled by Rhys Ruddock
Glasgow Warrior's Chris Cusiter and Leinster's Jamie Heaslip during the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS
Fergus McFadden, Leinster, is tackled by Peter Horne, left, and Finn Russell
Leo Cullen, Leinster, takes the ball ahead of Sean Maitland
Rhys Ruddock, Leinster, wins possession from a lineout against Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow Warrior's Peter Horne is lifted by Leinster's Fergus McFadden during the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS
Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll pulls up after picking up an injury in the opening minutes of the game
Leinster's Shane Jennings reacts after scoring his side's second try of the game
31 May 2014; Zane Kirchner, Leinster, celebrates scoring his side's third try of the game. Celtic League 2013/14 Grand Final, Leinster v Glasgow Warriors. RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Brian O'Driscoll has revealed exactly what retirement "looks like".

O'Driscoll posted a photo of his retirement meal: a takeaway pizza, a can of Coca Cola, and a massive toblerone.

The rugby legend is relaxing, after expressing disappointment on having to leave the field eight minutes into his final game of professional rugby.

O'Driscoll's 186th and final appearance for Leinster did not go to plan from a personal perspective - he was forced off with a suspected calf injury in the ninth minute - but he was delighted to join fellow retiree Cullen in lifting the trophy afterwards.

O'Driscoll, celebrating his fourth league success after Leinster's 34-12 victory over Glasgow, told RTE: "I've always said you can't plan anything in this game. What happens happens and you've got to roll with the punches.

"It wasn't going to be a good day for me today, only getting eight minutes or whatever but (winning) is what it's all about."

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Asked what he will miss most from the game, he replied: "Hanging out with all your buddies and having a laugh, coming in every day and making sure that you're well equipped with your abuse because you know there is some coming at you!

"I'll miss that and the support that we've had. It's been a two-way relationship."

This morning he tweeted this message with a picture of him with fellow retiree Leo Cullen: "Not the way I'd hoped to play it out but s**t happens! Been one of the great pleasures playing with this man! #leader."

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