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O'Driscoll: I'll miss banter

Brian O'Driscoll said it is the camaraderie with his teammates that he will miss the most, as he retired from professional rugby with long-time club Leinster on Saturday.

The 35-year-old centre, capped 133 times for Ireland and a Leinster player for all of his 15 years in the game, played for the final time as they clinched their fourth RaboDirect PRO12 title.

O'Driscoll featured for just eight minutes, hobbling off with a calf injury, but confirmed his 186th appearance for the club.

And he said: "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.

"I will miss hanging out with all my 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!

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

O'Driscoll bows out as a two-time Six Nations winner with Ireland, having captained the side for nine years. He also skippered the British and Irish Lions in 2005, a team he has toured with four times.

He won the Heineken Cup with Leinster three times, as well as being part of all four of their Pro12 championships, and he also lifted the Amlin Challenge Cup last year.