But he is extracting full value from a tale that dates from 2006, the height of his bachelor days.I didn't have my gates up that summer so people were able to just access it around the side. And yeah, I was 27." For a great sportsman, O'Driscoll is unusually long on self-awareness.Few athletes would describe their autobiography as "a chance to take the piss out of yourself".Yes, there are guys who have gone over the top on occasion.But once you see the error of your ways and apologise, all is forgiven." After a decade-and-a-half of ego-stripping banter, you can see why O'Driscoll's biggest fear is "[being seen to be] over-happy with yourself." He gives a little shudder. Even talking about it now." In his early 20s, though, he had more reason to feel smug than most.