â00Itâ00s the pinnacle because itâ00s so unique,â0 says Oâ00Driscoll, who has been confirmed as his countryâ00s captain for the forthcoming autumn internationals.
â00Each tour that you go on, youâ00re never going to play with those players again. Youâ00re unlikely to be coached by that coach again in that environment and you get a chance to play against one of the three best teams in the world over a period of seven weeks.
â00When you put all that together, it seems almost impossible (to win a series) but in your head, as a Lion, you know you can achieve it if you get it right.â0
O'Driscoll led the Lions three years ago but is desperate for a series win
Oâ00Drsicoll currently has two tours under his belt but, with the Wallabies and All Blacks finishing victorious in 2001 and 2005 respectively, the centre is desperate to help the Lions return to winning ways.
â00Iâ00m not looking at it as unfinished business but I would really love to be part of a winning Lions tour.
"We should have won in Australia in 2001, and then the New Zealand tour for me was over before it started and we lost miserably.
"It isn't about avenging the missed opportunities of the last tour, but I'd really love to be part of another Lions series.â0
If Oâ00Driscoll is to help the Lions to their first series win since 1997, he knows he and his team-mates will have to be at their very best against reigning World Champions South Africa.
â00South Africa is a tough place to go on tour. The South Africans breed on confidence and theyâ00ll have that in abundance coming off the back of a World Cup win. Theyâ00ll certainly want to put right the fact that they felt they let the country down in â0097 by losing to the Lions having won the World Cup in 1995.
â00Itâ00s a tough place to go for any international team but for a team thatâ00s been put together in a short period of time, itâ00s an even bigger ask.
"Playing South Africa at any time is tough but it is do-able, and they can be beaten. Thereâ00s a lot of very special players in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. If you can put them together and get them clicking, it could be a very special spectacle.â0
The Lions' unique team spirit could be crucial in 2009
For Ian McGeechanâ00s men to leave South Africa in nine months time with a series win behind them, Oâ00Driscoll believes the Lionsâ00 famous team spirit will have to come the fore once more, just at it did in 1997.
â00Thereâ00s always a good craic within the squads. In the first couple of weeks, guys are probably feeling each other out a little bit more, not knowing what you can and canâ00t get away with. By the end of it, you develop that squad mentality. Youâ00re very much together on everything.
â00Iâ00ve enjoyed some great laughs alongside the seriousness of playing the rugby. If the Lions can get the sort of bond they had in 1997 and the balance right they can win a Test series for the first time since beating South Africa all those years ago.â0