Brian O'Driscoll

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Brian O'Driscoll

Captain of the Irish rugby team and the British Lions

Brian O’Driscoll is an Irish professional Rugby Union player. He captained the Ireland Rugby team from 2004 up until 2013 Six Nations and captained Leinster Rugby for three seasons from 2005/6 – 2007/8. He captained the British and Irish Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand. Registered at University College Dublin RFC, he plays at outside centre for the Irish provincial team Leinster. 

When he was awarded the Irish captaincy in 2003, he led Ireland to a second-place finish in the Six… 

Brian O’Driscoll is an Irish professional Rugby Union player. He captained the Ireland Rugby team from 2004 up until 2013 Six Nations and captained Leinster Rugby for three seasons from 2005/6 – 2007/8. He captained the British and Irish Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand. Registered at University College Dublin RFC, he plays at outside centre for the Irish provincial team Leinster. 

When he was awarded the Irish captaincy in 2003, he led Ireland to a second-place finish in the Six Nations, and in the process, a Triple Crown in 2005. In 2005, Brian became Ireland's first Lions captain since Ciaran Fitzgerald in 1983 and was selected to lead the Lions on the tour to New Zealand. He led Ireland to two more Triple Crown triumphs in 2006 and 2007. In 2009, Ireland won the Triple Crown again, The Six Nations Championship and their first Grand Slam in 61 years. Brian was chosen as Player of the Tounament in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 RBS Six Nations Championships. 

Brian has 133 Test caps, 125 for Ireland (83 as captain), and 8 for the British and Irish Lions. During this time he has scored 45 tries for Ireland and 1 try for the Lions in 2001, making him the highest try scorer of all time in Irish Rubgy. He is the 8th-highest try scorer in rubgy union history, and the highest scoring centre of all time. Brian holds the Six Nations record for most tries scored with 25. He has scored the most Heineken Cup tries (30) for an Irishman. In January 2012, he was voted World Rugby Player of the decade (2000-2009) by the influential magazine Rugby World.

Brian is currently embarking on his 16th season as a professional. He is widely regarded as one of the best centres of all time.

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