Brian O’Driscoll admits he still has a long way to go before he returns to full fitness, but he’s relishing being back at training as he targets a comeback in the spring.
O’Driscoll, 33, captained Ireland at the World Cup last year but in November he revealed that he would be undergoing shoulder surgery and would miss the entire Six Nations and a large chunk of Leinster’s season.
He’s back in training though and has targeted Leinster’s European quarter-final against Cardiff Blues in April while also being full of praise for his teammates after their gritty 10-10 RaboDirect PRO12 draw with Glasgow on Saturday which made it 17 wins and two draws from the last 19 matches.
And O’Driscoll, who admits he prefers watching his side from the comfort of his living room, cannot wait to be back.
“Watching a match at home is a more comfortable experience, as I can shout and roar at the television with impunity and I don’t have to mind my P’s and Q’s,” wrote O’Driscoll in his diary for the Irish Rugby website.
“After the game on Monday I went into training and the lads were in good spirits; Leinster have managed two wins and a draw during the Six Nations so far.
“The international contingent also came in and they were very upbeat after the victory against Italy. It’s great to get some pitch time and train with other players rather than the coaches.
“It did remind me though how far I have to go, even down to skills and relearning defensive systems and calls.
“And no, I am not getting any special treatment in terms of the physical aspect of things, although there was no contact work during this session.”