Brian O'Driscoll Quotes


I was exposed to the gym at about 28. I never had a huge love or appetite for it - it was just a means to an end.

I think training and being dedicated is very important but one aspect that I always live by is that I enjoy myself in what I do!

I'm fairly adventurous with my eating. I've tried kangaroo and Moreton Bay bugs which are a kind of lobster are so good.

I think my form dipped after the Six Nations in 2007 from the World Cup onwards.

My missus knows to leave me alone.

I used to love looking at a recipe getting all the bits and pieces in the shops getting them ready and prepared... I don't really have the time to do that anymore.

The great thing about playing team sport is you win and lose together and the pain is never as bad when you share it.

You have perspective when little people come into your life. You take the best things you have and let them overshadow your disappointment.

You've to celebrate the good days because there are brutal days that make the good ones sweet.

I've never bought a sports car.

It's happened a couple of times in training when I hyper-extend my back. Some facet joints send all the muscles in my lower back and lumbar-spine into spasm.

My nutritional knowledge is good enough to figure out what's good what's bad and where my leeway is.

People talk about loyalty of players to clubs. But in the everyday world you don't see people being loyal to their company when they're getting offered considerably better deals elsewhere.

Being recognised by Guinness World Records in their 60th year is a real honour. It's also a real privilege for me to be positioned beside such sporting greats.

The big upside to being captain is it's a huge honour but the downside is that there is definitely extra pressure.

I was a football fan before I became a rugby fan.

You cannot say things one week and then behave differently.

Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett have both been decent but Dan Carter takes it on to a different level and he kicks his goals better than both of them.

I was quite small as a kid and maybe a little afraid physically. When I grew into myself the realisation changed. That when you hurt yourself it's transient; it doesn't stay forever.

For me it took five years to understand what professionalism meant. But I'm more settled now. I'm married life changes and I've been lucky in managing my injuries.

Timmy Horan was a childhood hero. He was a great distributor elusive good stepper very physical defensively very sound. What a rounded player.

There is still a big onus to be coached. I understand the best teams don't need a huge amount of coaching but that's when a coach should decide not to do coaching.

I just want to concentrate on my rugby and enjoy it and live in the moment.

When you are captain you are never speaking for yourself.

You never sit on your laurels. It is always a case of trying to work on your deficiencies as much as working on your strengths.

When you talk to family and friends they can't tell you anything from an impartial point of view because they have a vested interest in you.

I'm very much a glass-half-full person.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

I love going out every day and training and being part of the team and having friendships built up over a number of years. It's those aspects of sport that I feel are really important.

It feels great to be a two-time Six Nations winner.

One thing I learnt early on my career is that personal gratification takes second place.

Growing up I supported Manchester United and my hero was Mark Hughes.

Just because you lost your last game doesn't mean you change anything.

The Polynesian guys are pretty strong without going to the gym.

Team sports are very important for shaping personalities. It's important that kids understand the mentality behind playing team sports and playing for one another and playing with friends.

It's 45 minutes after the game right now and I still don't want to take this jersey off. That's because I know that when I do it'll be for the last time...

If you stick around long enough and you do enough of the right things you get seen in a largely positive light.

There have been a couple of things I've been involved in launching that have been a bit more public but I've always had other things tipping away in the background.

Last summer was probably the biggest disappointment of my career but now I have something bad with which to balance the good. I will no longer take anything for granted.

If you start thinking about retirement in six months' time you're already there.

As the summer moves on there are Saturday nights when I come home and find friends I haven't even been out with sitting up in the hot tub.

I've always found when I was captain when other people were doing the talking for me I didn't need to say as much and when I did say one or two things people tended to listen all the more.

It's rare enough as an older generation player that you're 100% fit - there's always something niggling.

Practise things you're good at. Keep on top of things you're not so good at but be world-class at your best. Never think 'I'm very good at this and that I can leave those for a bit.'

A physical therapist does some unbelievable stretching with me.

Rugby takes its toll.

Rugby gave me a confidence. I was quite shy and relatively timid but it gave me the confidence to be a little bit more out-going and back myself a bit more.

The victory is always sweeter... winning things with friends.