Ireland coach Declan Kidney hopes Brian O'Driscoll will grace the Six Nations in 2014

Last Updated: 03/02/13 7:29am

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Declan Kidney: Cannot contemplate life without O'Driscoll

Declan Kidney: Cannot contemplate life without O'Driscoll

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Ireland coach Declan Kidney hopes his legendary centre Brian O'Driscoll will grace the Six Nations tournament for at least another year after helping inspire the 30-22 win in Wales.

O'Driscoll scored what proved to be a crucial third try, his 47th in 121 appearances, and Kidney admitted he could not contemplate championship life without his talisman.

The Dubliner hinted the 2013 tournament could be his last ahead of the trip to Cardiff, and Kidney said: "Brian will make up his own mind. I would not like to sway him one way over the other. The bottom line is you would love to have the guy around forever wouldn't you?

"Brian will make up his own mind. I would not like to sway him one way over the other. The bottom line is you would love to have the guy around forever wouldn't you?"
Declan Kidney

"But if you look at the performance he put in today, that is not easy on the body.

"Huge credit to him, given the amount of game time he has had, to come out and give such an international class performance like he did today.

"It is wrong to say it doesn't surprise you, as normally you should not be able to pull out a performance like that with the amount of game time he has under his belt.

"With Brian it is just a privilege to be working with him."

But Kidney cooled any talk of a potential Grand Slam, despite facing France and England on home soil this year.

He said: "I don't buy into that because it means we should not bother every other year as we have no chance.

"If you look at the second half here, we still have a lot of work to do. England and France are playing well and we still have to go to Murrayfield where we lost the last time we were up there."

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