Brian O’Driscoll

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  • Sport: Rugby
  • Born:January 21, 1979 ,
  • Residence:Dublin, Ireland

One of the greatest rugby players of all time, Brian O'Driscoll was captain of Ireland from 2003 until 2012. The outside centre also captained the British and Irish Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand.

Biography

O'Driscoll (at April 2016) is the second most-capped player in rugby union history, having played 141 Test matches – 133 for Ireland (83 as captain), and eight for the British and Irish Lions. He scored 46 tries for Ireland and one try for the Lions in 2001, making him the highest try scorer of all time in Irish Rugby. He is the eighth highest try scorer in international rugby union history, and the highest scoring centre of all time.

O'Driscoll holds the Six Nations record for most tries scored with 26. He was chosen as Player of the Tournament in the 2006, 2007 and 2009.

In 2001, 2002 and 2009, O'Driscoll was nominated for the International Rugby Board (Now World Rugby) World Player of the Year. In 2001, he lost out to his Irish teammate Keith Wood; in 2002, to Fabien Galthié; and, in 2009, when widely regarded as favourite for the award, to Richie McCaw by a solitary point.

However in January 2010, he was voted World Rugby Player of the Decade by the magazine Rugby World.

In June 2014 it was announced that he would be joining Newstalk as a rugby pundit and co-presenter. He also works for BT Sport as an analyst.