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Rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll joins the Laureus Academy

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Brian O’Driscoll, Ireland’s most capped rugby player and four-time British and Irish Lion, was welcomed into the Laureus World Sports Academy by two of the greatest rugby captains of all time: current World Champion Richie Mccaw and Laureus Academy Member Sean Fitzpatrick.
Fellow Academy Members Hugo Porta and Morné du Plessis were also on hand to offer their best wishes to O’Driscoll in Berlin.
New Laureus Academy Member Brian O'Driscoll said: “It’s an honour to join these sporting legends in the Laureus World Sports Academy. Having been involved in sport my whole life; I know how great a tool it can be to unite communities and instil hope in young people. Sport has given me so much; I’m excited about giving back and spreading the message of Laureus Sport for Good.”
Sean Fitzpatrick said: “Brian was a model professional and a talismanic leader on the rugby pitch throughout his career. I’m delighted to welcome him as our newest Academy Member, he’s a great addition to the team and I know he is looking forward to getting to work helping young people through Laureus Sport for Good.”

Throughout his career, Brian O’Driscoll represented Ireland on 133 occasions and played 8 tests for the British and Irish Lions, making him the second most capped player in the world. He is currently the all-time top 6 Nations try scorer with 26 tries, O’Driscoll represented the British and Irish Lions on four consecutive tours between 2001 and 2013, winning his final tour to Australia in 2013. In 2010, the former Leinster centre was announced as Rugby World’s Player of the Decade.

The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy and Laureus Ambassadors volunteer their time to support the work of Laureus Sport for Good, which has raised over €100 million and supported over 150 projects worldwide which use sport to tackle violence, discrimination and disadvantage.