Brian O'Driscoll

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Brian O'Driscoll
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Full nameBrian Gerald O'Driscoll
Date of birth(1979-01-21) 21 January 1979 (age 35)
Place of birthDublin
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) (14.645 stone)
SchoolBlackrock College
UniversityUniversity College Dublin
Rugby union career
Playing career
PositionCentre
Professional / senior clubs
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
1998–2014University College Dublin
Provincial/State sides
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
1999–2014Leinster180(311)
correct as of 29 March 2014.
National team(s)
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
1996
1998
1999
1999–2014
2001, 2005, 2009, 2013
2000–2004
Ireland Schools
Ireland U-19s
Ireland U-21s
Ireland
British and Irish Lions
Barbarians
3
5
4
133
8
3



(245)
(5)
(5)
correct as of 17 March 2014.
 
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Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll 2.jpg
Full nameBrian Gerald O'Driscoll
Date of birth(1979-01-21) 21 January 1979 (age 35)
Place of birthDublin
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) (14.645 stone)
SchoolBlackrock College
UniversityUniversity College Dublin
Rugby union career
Playing career
PositionCentre
Professional / senior clubs
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
1998–2014University College Dublin
Provincial/State sides
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
1999–2014Leinster180(311)
correct as of 29 March 2014.
National team(s)
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
1996
1998
1999
1999–2014
2001, 2005, 2009, 2013
2000–2004
Ireland Schools
Ireland U-19s
Ireland U-21s
Ireland
British and Irish Lions
Barbarians
3
5
4
133
8
3



(245)
(5)
(5)
correct as of 17 March 2014.

Brian Gerald O'Driscoll (born 21 January 1979) is a former Irish professional rugby union player. Registered at University College Dublin R.F.C., he played at outside centre for the Irish provincial team Leinster and formerly for Ireland. He captained Ireland from 2003 until 2012, and captained the British and Irish Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand.

O'Driscoll is the most-capped player in rugby union history, having played 141 test matches – 133 for Ireland (83 as captain), and 8 for the British and Irish Lions.[1][2] He scored 46 tries for Ireland and 1 try for the Lions in 2001, making him the highest try scorer of all time in Irish Rugby.[1][3] He is the 8th-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.[4][5] He has scored the most Heineken Cup tries (30) for an Irishman.[6] O'Driscoll was chosen as Player of the Tournament in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 Six Nations Championships.[7]

Early life[edit]

O'Driscoll was born in Dublin to Frank and Geraldine O'Driscoll, both physicians.[8][9] O'Driscoll hails from a family steeped in rugby. His father, Frank, played two games for Ireland and an uncle, Barry, won four caps. But it was his other uncle, John, who really put the O'Driscoll name on the map: he represented Ireland 26 times and was a member of the Lions side who toured 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa and 1983 British Lions tour to New Zealand.

As a child, he played Gaelic football before moving to rugby.[10] For his secondary education he attended Blackrock College, where he played on the Senior Cup team in 1996 and 1997.[10]

Although he started the first two rounds of the competition in 1996 he was subsequently dropped to the bench for the remainder of the competition, an unused replacement in the victorious final in which Leo Cullen and Bob Casey were the second-row. He captained the School in 1997, but they were beaten in the Quarter-final by Clongowes, who had Gordon D'Arcy in their side.[11] He was capped three times for Ireland Schools in 1996.[12][13]

In 1998, O'Driscoll played for the Ireland U-19 side, which won the Under 19 Rugby World Championship. After leaving school, he attended UCD on a scholarship.[14] At UCD, he first made the under-20 side, before being promoted to the top team near the end of his first year.[14] After two years, O'Driscoll graduated from UCD with a diploma in sports management.[14] While at UCD, John McClean (coach) moved O'Driscoll from the fly-half position to centre. O'Driscoll made his Ireland under-21 debut in February 1999, and eventually gained four caps.[13]

Leinster[edit]

O'Driscoll made his debut for Leinster in 1999, and under head coach Matt Williams and backs coach Alan Gaffney he became an explosive force in the Leinster backline, forming a highly effective centre partnership with Shane Horgan. In 2001, Leinster won the inaugural Celtic League beating Munster in Lansdowne Road. In 2003, Leinster were heavy favourites for that year's Heineken Cup but were beaten by Perpignan in the semi finals.[citation needed]

10 November 2007. Leinster Rugby v Leicester Tigers in Heineken Cup

Leinster appointed Michael Cheika in the summer of 2005 and despite rumours of O'Driscoll moving to France, O'Driscoll agreed to another year in Ireland. That year, O'Driscoll returning from a shoulder injury suffered on the Lions tour, would assume the captaincy for the season. Under backs coach David Knox and the movement of Argentine international Felipe Contepomi to fly half, the Leinster back line became one of the most potent in Europe.[15]

O'Driscoll excelled in wins over Bath Rugby and Toulouse away from home. These victories would set up an 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. Leinster were also denied a Magners League title, with David Humphreys of Ulster slotting an injury time drop goal to give victory to Ulster in their final game of the season.[16]

In 2007, Wasps beat Leinster in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup. In 2008, Leinster lost in the group stages. In 2007, Leinster reached the final hurdle of the Magners league only to be denied by the Ospreys and Cardiff. In 2008, Leinster won that title ahead of Munster, marking O'Driscoll's second honour with the province, his first and only as captain.[citation needed]

The 2008–09 season marked a shift in focus for O'Driscoll. While retaining the Irish captaincy under new coach Declan Kidney, he handed the honour of Leinster captain to Leo Cullen. O'Driscoll scored two tries in the defeat of English champions London Wasps, however this victory was followed by away defeats for Leinster to both London Wasps and Castres. Leinster advanced to the quarter-finals to face Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop. When O'Driscoll was absent through injury in April 2009, Leinster relinquished their Magners League crown to Munster at Thomond Park. Against Harlequins, Leinster scored a 6–5 victory, the game infamous for the Bloodgate incident.

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.[17] Leinster captured the Heineken Cup against Leicester Tigers on 23 May 2009. The 19–16 Heineken Cup victory included a drop goal from O'Driscoll who was suffering from a shoulder injury.[18]

In the 2010–11 season, O'Driscoll won his second Heineken Cup with Leinster.[19] Having been injured 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.[20] In the final held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on 21 May 2011, Leinster came from behind to defeat Northampton 33–22.[19]

In the 2012 Heineken Cup Final O'Driscoll won his third Heineken cup with Leinster. They beat Ulster 42–14 in an entertaining battle. Sean O'Brien opened the scoring for Leinster to put them ahead 7–3. At half time the score was 14–6 with Cian Healy scoring the second try for Leinster but there was still a lot to play for. A penalty try was then awarded for Leinster but Ulster pulled a try back from second-row Dan Tuohy. Heinke van der Merwe then settled the game with a try for Leinster and Sean Cronin made sure of Leinster's success.

O'Driscoll confirmed in September 2013, that the 2013–14 season would be his last before retiring.[21]

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 34-12.[22] He left the field injured early in the first half to be replaced by Ian Madigan. 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[23] [24]

International Rugby[edit]

Ireland[edit]

B.O'D. captaining Ireland vs Georgia in the 2007 RWC

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. He won his first Test cap at age 20 on 12 June 1999 in a 46–10 loss to Australia in Brisbane as part of the tour of Australia. O'Driscoll played for Ireland before he played for the senior Leinster team.[14]

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.[2][25]

O'Driscoll's popularity in Ireland was expressed by supporters wearing T-shirts bearing the motto "In BOD We Trust".[26] In 2002, O'Driscoll was handed the captaincy for the first time in Ireland's 18–9 win over Australia, the first Irish victory over the Wallabies since 1979.[27] In 2003, following the international retirement of long-time Ireland captain Keith Wood, O'Driscoll was awarded the captaincy on a permanent basis. In that year, O'Driscoll led Ireland to second place in the Six Nations Championship. This was followed by Triple Crowns in 2004 (Ireland's first crown since 1985), 2006 and 2007. In 2004, O'Driscoll captained Ireland to a 17–12 victory over South Africa, the first Irish win over the Springboks since 1965.[28]

In 2009, O'Driscoll was again selected as captain, leading Ireland to win the Triple Crown, Six Nations Championship and their first Grand Slam in 61 years.[29][30] He scored a try in every match except one, culminating in a 17–15 victory in Cardiff in which O'Driscoll again scored a try and was the RBS man of the match.[31] On 27 March 2009, he was named as player of the 2009 Six Nations Championship, winning the fans' online poll.[32] In May 2009, he was named the Bord Gáis Energy IRUPA Players' Player of the Year for the past season.[33]

On 15 November 2009, in a 20–20 draw against Australia at Croke Park, O'Driscoll scored a last minute try.[34] The next day, he was named as one of the seven nominations for the 2009 International Rugby Board player of the year, but controversially missed out to Richie McCaw for this title by a solitary point.[35][36]

O'Driscoll started for and captained Ireland for every match during the 2010 Six Nations Championship. He picked up his 100th test cap for Ireland against Wales.[37] He scored his 40th test try against New Zealand on 12 June 2010. He started every match for Ireland in the 2010 Autumn Tests. He played for Ireland in the last four World Cups (17 caps, 7 tries).[38] He became Ireland's most capped player on 26 June 2010 against Australia, winning his 103rd cap.[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.[4][5] The same day, O'Driscoll tied John Smit's International Captaincy caps record of 75. [39]

O'Driscoll was ruled out of the entire 2012 Six Nations after undergoing shoulder surgery. In his absence, Keith Earls was chosen to partner inside centre Gordon D'Arcy, starting four of the five championship games in the position usually occupied by O'Driscoll.[citation needed]

He returned as captain for the tour of New Zealand in 2012, on the third test the All Blacks won 60–0 and also he 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. O'Driscoll was fit to play in the 2013 tournament, but before the tournament it was announced that O'Driscoll, who had missed the Autumn internationals earlier that season through injury, would not be reinstated as captain.[40] Declan Kidney named O'Driscoll's Leinster teammate Jamie Heaslip as captain, in his place.[41] O'Driscoll still started each game of the game of the 2013 Championship for Ireland.

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 46–7, for which he was awarded Man of the Match.[42] At this point O'Driscoll achieved a world record for the highest number of international caps, with 140, overtaking George Gregan's record with Australia.[43][44]

In his last international match, the finale of the 2014 Six Nations Championship on 15 March 2014, O'Driscoll and the Irish team beat France in Paris for only the second time in 42 years, crowning Ireland the 2014 Six Nations Championship champions.[45] In the post-match interview, an emotional O'Driscoll remarked he could not have wished to finish his career in a better way.

British and Irish Lions[edit]

O'Driscoll appeared in all three British and 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.[2] On 11 April 2005, he was named captain of the team for their 2005 tour of New Zealand. 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.[46][47]

O'Driscoll's playing contribution to the 2005 Lions ended in the opening minutes of the first Test against the All Blacks in Christchurch on 25 June 2005, when he was carried off the field on a stretcher with a shoulder injury just after being tackled in tandem by All Blacks skipper Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu after the ball had been cleared out of a ruck.[48] He extended one arm to protect his head, and his shoulder was dislocated on impact.[49]

The independent citing commissioner found that the New Zealand players had no case to answer, and the Lions management were criticised by New Zealanders for attempting to divert attention from the teams poor performance. However, four months later, and following new footage of the incident, the International Rugby Board unequivocally condemned the spear tackle by Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu.[50] The International Rugby Board's communications manager Greg Thomas stated "that dangerous tackles like this have no part in the game".[49] Although unable to play, O'Driscoll remained as non-playing captain on a losing tour and only underwent surgery on his return. He then released a DVD entitled Brian O'Driscoll's Lions Diary in which he described his tour experience and his opinion of the events that transpired.[50]

On 21 April 2009, O'Driscoll was selected as part of the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa.[51] 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 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.[citation needed] He was forced to withdraw from the tour on 30 June before the third and final test due to a head injury and subsequent concussion he suffered in the second test.[52]

On 30 April 2013, O'Driscoll was named in the squad for his fourth British & Irish Lions tour.[53] O'Driscoll is only the third player in 125 years of the tournament to achieve this.[54] The tour commenced on Saturday 1 June 2013 when the Lions beat the Barbarians at the Hong Kong Stadium. He was selected at outside centre for the first two tests of the tour. He was controversially dropped from the squad for the final test which the Lions won by 41 points to 16.[55][56]

Barbarians[edit]

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. Against South Africa, O'Driscoll scored his only try as a part of the Barbarians team.[57]

Tributes and awards[edit]

In 2001, 2002 and 2009, O'Driscoll was nominated for the IRB 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, with one judge who would otherwise have given O'Driscoll the award, citing a flawed voting system.[36]

O'Driscoll was chosen as Player of the Tournament in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 RBS Six Nations Championships.[7]

In 2007, former England centre and captain Will Carling published his list of the '50 Greatest Rugby players' in The Daily Telegraph, and ranked O'Driscoll the tenth greatest player of all time.[58] In summer 2008, he received the Dubliner of the Year Award from The Dubliner magazine. In January 2010, he was voted World Rugby Player of the Decade (2000–09) by the magazine Rugby World.[59]

On 13 November 2013, O'Driscoll received an Honorary Doctorate from Dublin City University.[60]

Personal life[edit]

O'Driscoll married Irish actress Amy Huberman in July 2010.[61] Their first child, a daughter named Sadie, was born just hours before the Six Nations clash with England on 10 February 2013.[62] In September 2014, it was announced that the couple were expecting their second child, who is to be born in November.

He has published one book, A Year in the Centre (2005), a memoir of a year as professional rugby player. A biography of O'Driscoll, called In BOD We Trust, by Marcus Stead was published in March 2008. A revised and extended version of Stead's book was published in August 2011, Brian O'Driscoll: The Biography. In February 2011, O'Driscoll and Huberman were invited to the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton,[63] but only Huberman attended, because of his club team's (Leinster) preparation for their Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulouse the day after the wedding.

On 18 May 2011, O'Driscoll attended a state dinner hosted by President Mary McAleese to mark Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Republic of Ireland.[64]

Statistics[edit]

International tries[edit]

International analysis by opposition[edit]

133 caps for  Ireland.

AgainstPlayedWonLostDrawnTriesPoints % Won
 Argentina
8
6
2
0
1
5
75
 Australia
12
3
8
1
3
18
25
 Canada
1
1
0
0
0
0
100
 England
13
8
5
0
3
18
61.54
 Fiji
2
2
0
0
2
10
100
 France
15
5
9
1
8
40
33.33
 Georgia
2
2
0
0
2
10
100
 Italy
15
14
1
0
6
30
93.33
 Japan
1
1
0
0
2
10
100
 Namibia
2
2
0
0
1
5
100
 New Zealand
13
0
13
0
3
21
0
Pacific Islanders
1
1
0
0
0
0
100
 Romania
3
3
0
0
1
8
100
 Russia
1
1
0
0
0
0
100
 Samoa
3
3
0
0
0
0
100
 Scotland
15
11
4
0
5
25
73.33
 South Africa
7
3
4
0
1
5
42.86
 United States
3
3
0
0
1
5
100
 Wales
16
11
5
0
7
35
68.75
Total133805124624560.15

8 caps for British and Irish Lions.

AgainstPlayedWonLostDrawnTriesPoints % Won
 Australia
5
2
3
0
1
5
40
 New Zealand
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
 South Africa
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
Total82601525

Correct as of 17 March 2014[65]

Honours[edit]

Leinster[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Biography[edit]

A Year in the Centre, 2005, Dublin, Penguin Books, Ltd ISBN 1-84488-078-8[66]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Anthony Foley
David Humphreys
David Humphreys
Simon Best
Ireland Rugby Union Captain
Nov 2002 – Jun 2005
Jun 2005 – Nov 2005
2006 – May 2007
2008–present
Succeeded by
David Humphreys
Simon Easterby
Simon Best
incumbent
Preceded by
Martin Johnson
British and Irish Lions Captain
2005 (Tour)
May–Jun 2005 (active)
Succeeded by
Tour – Paul O'Connell
active: Martin Corry