Brian O'Driscoll paid an emotional farewell at the 2014 RBS 6 Nations
Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll says he has every confidence in the next wave of Irish talent ahead of his retirement.
The 35-year-old will hang up his boots once Leinster's play-off campaign comes to an end having already retired from Ireland duty after their 2014 RBS 6 Nations success.
The battle to wear the No.13 jersey looks set to be a fierce one for both club and country once O'Driscoll is gone.
Gordon D'Arcy, Brendan Macken, Fergus McFadden and Luke Fitzgerald will be vying from a Leinster perspective.
And you can add Robbie Henshaw, Jared Payne and Keith Earls into the fold at international level.
But whoever takes his place, O'Driscoll insists they have the talent to succeed.
"I think we have the capabilities here," O'Driscoll told the Irish Times of the Leinster squad. "Throughout this season there seems to have always been one back injured and, as a result, we haven't had to make too many hard calls.
"That juggling around with Zane having played for South Africa at 13, Lukey is still to come back into the fold properly, Ferg can play at 13, Darce obviously plays 13.
"There are young lads, Macken has played there for the last year, so there is absolutely scope to work from within. I don't think there is any necessity to go outside."
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