Dublin boy 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 - O'Driscoll went on to establish himslef as one of the top outside centres in the game. Made captain of his country in 2003, O'Driscoll's phenomnal record includes consecutive triple crowns in 2006 and 2007 plus the Grand Slam during this years Six Nations. 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 of 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.
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