O'Driscoll called time on his international career after the 2014 RBS 6 Nations
Brian O'Driscoll believes Simon Easterby is a perfect fit for the Ireland forwards coach job as plans are put into place for the nation's defence of their RBS 6 Nations crown next year.
O'Driscoll, now retired, brought the curtain down on an exceptional international career after Ireland edged France to clinch the 2014 RBS 6 Nations.
And the post-O'Driscoll era has started in earnest, with two hard-fought Test wins in Argentina and Easterby's appointment in Joe Schmidt's backroom staff.
Easterby stepped down as Scarlets head coach earlier this month to replace John Plumtree in Ireland's set-up and O'Driscoll insists the former flanker's philosophy will strike a chord with the players.
"I think it's a great signing. I think it's a very smart move from Joe," O'Driscoll told the Irish Independent. "Simon was always a very smart player. He knew shortcuts in the game, he was someone who had a huge engine and demanded a lot of those around him.
"I think he'll just bring his type of game into what he expects from his forward pack. He's a big man for detail, that fits well with Joe Schmidt, Paul O'Connell and a lot of the forward pack."
It has been a life-changing 18 months for Duncan Taylor with the centre coming to prominence for Saracens, and after breaking into the Scotland squad Taylor is determined to retain his place ahead of the 2015 RBS 6 Nations.