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Brian O’Driscoll: Rugby Union

Brian Gerald O’Driscoll (born 21 January 1979) is a former professional Rugby Union player who played as a center, serving as captain of Leinster, The Lions and Ireland. Debuted in 1999, he is the second most-capped player in rugby union history playing 141 test matches – 133 for Ireland (83 as captain) and 8 for British and Irish Lions. O’Driscoll retired from professional rugby in 2014 and currently works in the business and sporting industry.

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Brian O’Driscoll is the eight-highest try scorer in rugby union history and the highest scoring center of all time.
He has the most Heineken Cup tries (30) for an Irishman. He holds the Six Nations record for most tries scored (26) and became Player of the Tournament in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Why Was He So Good?

He had plenty of tricks up his sleeve when he still played professional rugby. Many have said that he retired too early. Brian O’Driscoll was a reader of the game with real skills and strong athletic presence. He may not be the tallest player ever to have played the game but he was certainly one of the most skillful.

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