"He was fast and cut really good lines and was almost an elusive ball carrier whereas Sean was about making holes for you. Which ice cream will you eat on a scorcher like today. Sean had that. [citation needed]. Brian O'Driscoll has paid tribute to former Ireland and Leinster teammate Sean O'Brien with the flanker heading to London Irish next season. 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In 2001, he lost out to his Irish teammate Keith Wood; in 2002, to Fabien Galthi; and, in 2009, when widely regarded as favourite for the award, to Richie McCaw by a solitary point, with one judge, who would otherwise have given O'Driscoll the award, citing a flawed voting system. [13] However it was another cousin of Frank's, Barry's brother John, who really put the O'Driscoll name on the map: he represented Ireland 26 times and was a member of the Lions side that toured 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa and 1983 British Lions tour to New Zealand. [70] Their first child, a daughter named Sadie, was born just hours before a Six Nations clash with England on 10 February 2013. [62], O'Driscoll has appeared three times for the invitational Barbarians rugby team: against South Africa on 10 December 2000, against Scotland on 22 May 2004, and against England on 30 May 2004. They beat Ulster 4214 in an entertaining battle. "Never was there a backward step taken and [he] delivered on the big stage at the big moments when there was an expectation [to perform].". At the time, she had been in bed dozing off to sleep when she heard the noise. Heinke van der Merwe then settled the game with a try for Leinster and Sen Cronin made sure of Leinster's success. Against South Africa, O'Driscoll scored his only try as a part of the Barbarians team. Prior to that tour, he had been named captain of the Northern Hemisphere side for the IRB Rugby Aid Match (a 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami fundraiser) held at Twickenham in March 2005, but was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury, but appeared pitch-side for the match. Play Store & "From very early on, I'd heard about him at UCD and then he came into Leinster training and for the first week or two, I didn't really get what the coaching staff in UCD were talking about - this destructive ball carrier. App Store right now! This form collects your email so that we can send you emails. This was followed by Triple Crowns in 2004 (Ireland's first crown since 1985), 2006 and 2007. [79] He also works for BT Sport as an analyst. [16] He was capped three times for Ireland Schools in 1996. [citation needed], In the 2011 Six Nations Championship, O'Driscoll's 47th minute try against England, took him past Ian Smith's 78-year-old record of 24 tries to become the leading Championship try scorer of all time with 25 Tries. Gareth Thomas replaced him as tour captain. Note 3: David Bedell-Sivright was injured during the first test. In the semi-final against rivals Munster in Croke Park, an 82,206 sell out, O'Driscoll was awarded the man of the match award (which he later dedicated to the entire team) after an intercept try completed a convincing win for Leinster and sent O'Driscoll to his first Heineken Cup final. Note 6: Bleddyn Williams captained in the third and fourth tests v New Zealand and the first test v Australia. [58] On 1 June 2009, he was named as captain of the Lions for the game against the Golden Lions taking place on 3 June, in place of the rested Paul O'Connell. He's well built but there's this powerfulness that you just don't anticipate. [61] The tour commenced on Saturday 1 June 2013 when the Lions beat the Barbarians at the Hong Kong Stadium. [65], O'Driscoll has received Honorary Doctorates from Dublin City University in 2013,[66] Queen's University Belfast in 2014,[67] and Trinity College Dublin in 2017. [52], O'Driscoll appeared in all three British & Irish Lions Tests on the team's 2001 tour of Australia where he announced himself as a world star with an outstanding individual try in the 1st Test victory at the Gabba in Brisbane. "I was just trying to get rid of the player off my side and get to where I wanted to be in the defensive line. He returned as captain for the tour of New Zealand in 2012 and he also equalled John Smit's record as captaining an international side (83 times) but All Black Captain Richie McCaw tied the O'Driscoll/Smit record during the 2013 Rugby Championship against South Africa and McCaw overtook the record when playing in Japan on 2 November 2013. [35][36] He scored a try in every match except one, culminating in a 1715 victory in Cardiff in which O'Driscoll again scored a try and was the RBS man of the match. [19] After two years, O'Driscoll graduated from UCD with a diploma in sports management.

Following an injury-ravaged 2017/18 campaign, ODriscoll expects a fully-fit OBrien [whose last Test appearance was also against the Pumas] to be a mainstay at openside flanker for the foreseeable future. Note 9: Sam Warburton was injured in the second test. Dukereh went viral after portraying Big Mama Thornton in the film - with her performance of Hound Dog getting plaudits around the world. [24], In the 201011 season, O'Driscoll won his second Heineken Cup with Leinster. These victories would set up a Heineken Cup semi-final in Lansdowne Road against Munster, but defeat against the eventual champions Munster would deny O'Driscoll and his team a final berth. In June 2014, it was announced that he would be joining Newstalk as a rugby pundit and co-presenter on Off The Ball. His final act as a rugby player was assisting club captain Leo Cullen who also finished his career on this day in lifting the Pro12 trophy[29][30], In 1999, O'Driscoll was selected for the senior squad and was on the bench for a match against Italy, although he did not play. World Rugby, last night, released its official judicial decision document on the O'Brien hearing. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. "Seany at that stage was playing '6'but he was different to Rocky. [44] He became Ireland's most capped player on 26 June 2010 against Australia, winning his 103rd cap. Note 10: Tour captain Sam Warburton was named on the bench for the first test. O'Driscoll said in September 2013, that the 201314 season would be his last before retiring. [2][31], O'Driscoll's popularity in Ireland was expressed by supporters wearing T-shirts bearing the motto "In BOD We Trust". Teddy Morgan took over captaincy on the field but Bedell-Sivright remained tour captain. You can also check out our Irish Mirror GAA sports page. A revised and extended version of Stead's book was published in August 2011, Brian O'Driscoll: The Biography. While retaining the Irish captaincy under new coach Declan Kidney, he handed the honour of Leinster captain to Leo Cullen. "I was fully focused on the next play and what my job was. He was also named in the outside centre position for the Lions in their first test of the 2009 tour against South Africa, in which he made two assists as the Lions lost 26 21. 2022 OTB Sports, Bauer Media Audio Ireland LP, Reg #LP3374, There are currently no podcasts in the queue. Padraic Joyce's pre-match team-talk written out for him as Kerry plan 'post-match party', "We were known as stab city, the butt of everything. The character reference appears as 'Exhibit L' in the judicial officers Terry Willis' final decision on O'Brien. O'Driscoll made his Ireland under-21 debut in February 1999, and eventually gained four caps. You may be suffering from 'sleep debt', "People will have incurred a sleep debt perhaps above and beyond their normal sleep debt", Face of thug who broke into Dublin flat and menaced young victim with crowbar before raping her. [19], In 2000, O'Driscoll scored a Hat-trick of tries in a Six Nations Championship victory against France in Paris, propelling Ireland to their first win in Paris since 1972. [23] Leinster captured the Heineken Cup against Leicester Tigers on 23 May 2009. In that year, O'Driscoll led Ireland to second place in the Six Nations Championship. 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We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. "It didn't matter - he didn't run to arms, he ran to chests. [45], O'Driscoll was ruled out of the entire 2012 Six Nations after undergoing shoulder surgery. Subscribe to OTB Sports's YouTube channel for more videos, like us In his autobiography he reveals that he received some playful teasing over the relationship from his teammates.[69]. The bestselling autobiography of the greatest rugby player of our time: Brian O'Driscoll. I think Sen is Irelands first-choice number seven. [71] Their second child, a son named Billy, was born on 20 November 2014. Alun Wyn Jones replaced him as captain for the third test. [27], His final appearance for Leinster, and for any team, was in the 2014 Pro12 Grand Final on 31 May in Leinster's home ground, the RDS in Dublin, in which Leinster defeated the Glasgow Warriors 3412. The UCD team has traditionally been one of the top breeding grounds for players who eventually enter the provincial or international setups in Ireland and, judging by some of the evidence in the video below, there'll be a fair few more coming on the assembly line very soon. Hes the one player that could get into their team, without any doubt. It is 15 pages long and makes for a fascinating read. If you haven't already, be sure to like our Irish Mirror Sport and Irish Mirror GAA pages on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. [9] He now works as a rugby analyst for BT Sport and ITV Sport in the United Kingdom. [41][42], O'Driscoll started for and captained Ireland for every match during the 2010 Six Nations Championship. In 2001, Leinster won the inaugural Celtic League beating Munster in Lansdowne Road. Brian O'Driscoll delivered a glowing statement about O'Brien, whom he played with at Leinster for six seasons. 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O'Driscoll is the fourth most-capped player in rugby union history, having played 141 test matches: 133 for Ireland (83 as captain), and 8 for the Lions. It's farmer strength - it's that raw strength that you can't generate in the gym no matter how hard you try. Note 8: Michael Owen captained the Lions in the first tour game, the test vs. Argentina in Cardiff. The 200809 season marked a shift in focus for O'Driscoll. He captained Ireland from 2003 until 2012, and captained the British & Irish Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand. [83] The book won Sports Book of the Year at the 2014 Irish Book Awards. On 8 March 2014, in his last home international for Ireland, O'Driscoll led the team out against Italy in the 2014 Six Nations Championship and contributed to three tries in the game as Ireland won 467, for which he was awarded Man of the Match. [19] While at UCD, his coach John McClean moved O'Driscoll from the fly-half position to centre. A penalty try was then awarded for Leinster but Ulster pulled a try back from second-row Dan Tuohy. We've got you covered! After leaving school, he attended UCD on a scholarship. In summer 2008, he received the Dubliner of the Year Award from The Dubliner magazine. Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the [25] Having suffered a knee injury in a Magners League game one week before the final, O'Driscoll was a major doubt, but he recovered sufficiently and was named in the starting XV.