BRIAN O'DRISCOLL is edging ever closer to committing to at least one more year with both Leinster and Ireland.
The 34-year-old Lion has reiterated his determination not to make a final decision on his future before July.
It is expected that he will play on for one more season following Joe Schmidt's elevation to the Ireland job, and he did acknowledge that the prospect of continuing to work with a coach he has a huge amount of respect for is an attractive one.
"Definitely Joe getting the job is a positive from the point of view of having an added incentive to be involved in an Irish jersey," said O'Driscoll (pictured).
"There's part of me that thinks about the capabilities that Joe gives the sides he's been involved with and I wouldn't want to miss out on that.
"But that's just one aspect, there are other considerations too.
"I've said I'll talk to my wife about her life and her career. I've had a good run of it, so that comes into it."
It is likely that O'Driscoll will reach a final decision during the upcoming Lions trip to Australia and he conceded that much will depend on how he fares on the tour.
"Training with that calibre of player day-in, day-out means you have to bring your 'A' game every single day. That is both mentally and physically taxing," he said.
"I just want to know that I am still capable of doing that day-in, day-out. If I am able to do that, then maybe, during the course of the tour, I'll be clearer as to what I'm going to do."
Intriguingly, O'Driscoll didn't dismiss out of hand the prospect of playing on to the 2015 World Cup.
"I don't think so," he answered initially. "But I don't know. Anything is possible."