Since then however, O'Driscoll went on the take his international caps tally to a world record 141 and while Bowe featured for Ireland last autumn, injury has ruled him out this year.
And Bowe conceded he'd have loved to have been alongside O'Driscoll as the curtain came down on a glittering career.
"The support that he got around the world was amazing and I think the team fed into that," Bowe told the Irish Independent.
"But it's tough watching Ireland win from the sofa. It was an amazing performance, real edge of the seat stuff."