â00Iâ00d love to be part of a winning Lions Test team. But to be another Lions and not win, Iâ00d take or leave,â0 said Oâ00Driscoll.
â00I donâ00t want to go on a seven week tour. Itâ00s about winning.â0
Oâ00Driscoll made his Lions debut at full back against Western Australia on June 8, 2001 and went on to play six games on that tour, including three Tests.
He famously scored on his Test debut as the Lions won the opening international against the Wallabies in Brisbane, although that was his last triumph. The Lions lost the next two Tests, and the series, and he was injured while leading the 2005 Lions in the first Test of the 3-0 reverse against the All Blacks.
â00Iâ00ve 88 Irish caps, 115 or 120 Leinster caps. Thatâ00s not what Iâ00m about,â0 he said. â00Itâ00s not about picking up the numbers, one day being the most capped player and then seeing whoâ00s going to beat you. Absolutely not - not a goal of mine.
â00In years gone by I was happy to play regularly and not fully understand the disappointment of losing. I have one Magners League to my name, a couple of Triple Crowns.
â00In the next number of years I really need to win to feel Iâ00ve really fulfilled a lot of my potential.â0
Having lost as a Lion in 2001 & 2005, O'Driscoll is desperate to be a winner in 2009
Since making his Irish debut against Australia in Brisbane in 1999 he has captained his country more than any other player, scored more tries than anyone else and is on course to become the first 100 cap Irishman.
â00I donâ00t think I had the spatial awareness back then, the where to attack, the know-how in games, the way to defend, times to pressure,â0 he added.
â00Iâ00m a very different player and whether Iâ00m better or worse, well thatâ00s peopleâ00s opinions. I mightnâ00t break the line as many times as I did in the past, but I feel I still have the capabilities to break a game.
â00I donâ00t care to be the best in the world anymore. What I care to be is a real quality player. Thatâ00s life. Iâ00m a changed player.
â00The thing about rugby is that confidence is bordering on arrogance. Arrogance is perceived as a nasty word.
â00You can be arrogant on a pitch with your talent provided your personality doesnâ00t show it. At times I can be arrogant on a pitch in the way I play. Thatâ00s not about rubbing peopleâ00s faces in it.â0