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Brian O’Driscoll is an internationally admired rugby player and an Irish hero. Educated at Blackrock College, the alma mater of many Irish greats, his ambition was always to represent his country. After helping his country win the IRB under-19 World Championship and progressing through the under-21 ranks, O’Driscoll finally realised his dream of representing his beloved Ireland at the senior level. Making his debut against Australia at the tender age of 20, before he’d even made his senior club debut for Leinster, O’Driscoll went on to establish himself as one of the top outside centers in the game.

Handed the captaincy of his country at the age of 24, he has achieved and continues to achieve more than any Irish player.

Made captain of his country in 2003, O’Driscoll’s phenomenal record includes consecutive triple crowns in 2006 and 2007 and the RBS Six Nations player of the tournament for 2006 and 2007. His exemplary leadership skills and bravery saw him achieve the ultimate accolade for a home nations’ player: captaining the Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand. But his tour was to be cut short in a storm in acrimony and agony when his shoulder dislocated after a dangerous tackle. Nicknamed BOD by the Croke Park faithful, and in BOD they certainly do trust, Brian O’Driscoll is a true colossus of the game.

Marcus Stead – In Bod We Trust:The Biography of Ireland’s Greatest Rugby Hero

2014
      • March
        • Leads Ireland to win the 2014 6 Nations Championship, beating France in Paris for only the second time in 42 years
        • Named Man of the Match in the final of the 2014 6 Nations Championship, his last international match
        • Paid tribute by U.S President Barack Obama on the eve of his final game for Ireland, at the White House annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration
        • Achieved a world record for the highest number of international caps of any player in history, with 140
2013
      • April
        • Selected to the British and Irish Lions Team for the fourth time; only the third player in 125 years to be selected to the Lions 4 times
2012
      • May
        • Leinster win Heineken Cup for the third time
2011
      • September
        • Captains Ireland Rugby World Cup squad
      • May
        • Leinster win Heineken Cup for second time
      • April
        • Invited to Royal Wedding of William and Kate, but declined to play in Heineken Cup semi final that weekend
      • March
        • Becomes most capped international captain of all time
        • Becomes leading 6 nations try scorer of all time, and leading try scorer ever against England
2010
      • June
        • Becomes Ireland’s most capped player – 103 caps
      • May
        • Named to European Rugby Council Dream Team
      • January
        • Voted Rugby Worlds “Team of the Decade”
        • Voted Rugby Worlds “Player of the Decade”
2009
      • May
        • Scores game winning drop goal to help Leinster win Heineken Cup for the first time
        • Selected for British and Irish lions for the third time against South Africa
        • Named Ireland player of the year
      • March
        • Leading try scorer in 2009 6 Nations
        • Scores in every game in leading Ireland to first Grand Slam in 61 years
2008
      • June
        • Named Dubliner of the year
        • Wins International Rugby Board Try of the year award
      • May
        • Captains Leinster to Celtic League
2007
      • September
        • Captains Ireland Rugby World Cup squad – France
      • May
        • Named tenth greatest rugby player of All Time
      • March
        • Named 6 Nations Player of the Tournament
2006
      • March
        • Leads Ireland to second Triple Crown
        • Named 6 Nations Player of the Tournament
2005
      • September
        • Promoted to captain of Leinster
      • June
        • Targeted and injured by New Zealand team to eliminate him from the tour
      • May
        • Selected to tour and captain the 2005 British and Irish Lions against New Zealand
2004
      • November
        • Leads Ireland to victory over South Africa in 39 years
      • May
        • Selected to play for the Barbarians side against Scotland and England
      • March
        • Leads Ireland to first Triple Crown in 19 years
2003
      • September
        • Selected for Ireland Rugby World Cup squad
      • March
        • Leads Ireland to best finish in Six Nations -2nd
      • January
        • Promoted to captain of Ireland
2002
      • November
        • Leads Ireland to first victory over Australia in 23 years
      • May
        • Nominated as International Rugby Board Player of the year for the second time
2001
      • May
        • Nominated as International Rugby Board Player of the year for the first time
        • Selected to our with 2001 British and Irish lions against Australia
        • Leinster win Celtic League for the first time
2000
      • December
        • Selected to play for the Barbarians side against South Africa
      • March
        • Scores 3 tries to lead Ireland to first Paris victory in 28 years
1999
      • September
        • Selected for Ireland Rugby World Cup squad – Wales
      • June
        • Makes first full Ireland appearance v Australia – playing for his country before he plays for his province
        • Selected to Senior Irish team Australia tour
        • Graduates UCD College
      • May
        • Top Try Scorer in 2009 European Rugby
      • April
        • Selected to Senior Ireland squad
      • February
        • Selected to the Irish National U-21 team
      • January
        • Signed by Leinster Rugby as a full professional player
1998
      • June
        • Selected to Irish National U-19 team that wins rugby world cup
      • January
        • Promoted to the Senior UCD side in first year at University
1997
      • September
        • Attends University College Dublin September (plays under 20 rugby – moved position from fly have to center)
1996
      • March
        • Selected to Balckrock College Senior team , winning Leinster Senior Cup
1996
      • January
        • Selected to the Irish Schoolboys Rugby team (wins 3 caps)
1991
      • March
        • Selected to Balckrock College Senior team , winning Leinster Senior Cup
      • September
        • Attends Blackrock College Secondary Dublin (plays varsity rugby for 5 years)
1988
      • September
        • Attends Willow Park National School (plays first ever game of rugby at age 11
1984
      • September
        • Attends Belgrove National School Dublin (plays soccer, Gaelic football, tennis golf)
1979
    • January
      • Born Clontarf, Dublin Ireland