Brian O'Driscoll


Brian O'Driscoll

Infobox Rugby biography
name = Brian O'Driscoll
birthname = Brian O'Driscoll
nickname =BOD,Drico,
dateofbirth = birth date and age|df=yes|1979|1|21
placeofbirth = Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
height = height|ft=5|in=9
weight = 15 st 0 lb (95 kg)
ru_currentteam = University College Dublin
ru_currentposition = Outside Centre
ru_position = Outside Centre
ru_clubyears =
ru_clubupdate = 2007-9-15
ru_proclubs = UCD
Blackrock College
UCD
ru_clubyears =
ru_clubcaps =
ru_clubpoints =
ru_province = Leinster
ru_provinceyears = 1999-present
ru_provincecaps = 98
ru_provincepoints = 0(208)
ru_provinceupdate = 2007-01-20
ru_nationalyears = 1999- 2001-2005
ru_nationalteam = Ireland British Lions Barbarians
ru_nationalcaps = 85 7
ru_nationalpoints = 0(167) 0(5)
ru_ntupdate = 2007-01-20
other = yes
spouse =
children =
relatives =
school = Blackrock College
university = University College Dublin

Brian Gerald O'Driscoll (Irish name: "Brian Gearóid Ó hEidirsceoil" ) born 21 January 1979 is an Irish professional rugby union player. He is currently the captain of the Ireland national rugby union team and captained Leinster Rugby until the start of 2008 season. He also captained the British and Irish Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand. After leading Ireland to the 2007 RBS Six Nations Triple Crown success, he was voted player of the tournament, exactly the same as 2006. Registered at University College Dublin RFC, he plays at outside rugbycentre for the Irish provincial team Leinster. He went to Blackrock College where he starred in their renowned S.C.T (Senior Cup Team). In 2008 The Dubliner Magazine named Brian O'Driscoll Dubliner of the Year at a ceremony in Residence Members Club. He is the all-time Irish record try scorer with 32 tries and holds the captaincy record. O'Driscoll is regarded as one of the worlds greatest centres.

Early days

O'Driscoll was born in Clontarf on Dublin's Northside, and was educated at Blackrock College from which he was capped three times for Ireland Schools in 1996.cite web |url=http://www.irishrugby.ie/226_165.php |title=Current Ireland Squad-Brian O'Discoll |publisher=irishrugby.ie |accessdate=2007-02-02] cite web| url=http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/members/index.asp?locID=37&docID=92 |title=Brian O'Driscoll |publisher=leinsterrugby.ie |accessdate=2007-02-02] In 1998 O'Driscoll played for the Ireland U19 side, also including his Senior teammates Donncha O'Callaghan and Paddy Wallace, which won the IRB Under-19s world championship. After leaving school, he attended UCD on a scholarship.cite news| url=http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/sport.cfm?id=374982003 |title=Irish put their faith in Bod |last=Conlon |first=Tommy |publisher=Scotland on Sunday |date=2003-03-30 |accessdate=2007-02-02] At UCD, under the hugely respected, director of rugby John McClean, he first made the under-20 side, before being promoted to the top team near the end of his first year. After two years, O'Driscoll graduated from UCD with a diploma in sports management. Drico made his under 21 debut in February 1999, and eventually gained four caps.

Rugby international

Ireland

In 1999 O'Driscoll was selected for the senior squad and was on the bench for the six nations match against Italy. Although he did not play, he was selected for the summer tour to Australia during which he won his first Test cap at age 20 on 12 June 1999 in a 46-10 loss to Australia in Brisbane. Since that day, he has established himself as one of rugby's top outside centres. It is noted that O'Driscoll played for Ireland before he played for the senior Leinster team. Early in his Irish career, he scored three tries in a Six Nation victory against France in Paris - the last time Ireland achieved this, O'Driscoll was not even born.

O'Driscoll became so popular in Ireland that many supporters donned T-shirts bearing the motto "In BOD We Trust" (a play on "In God We Trust", the phrase that appears on all United States currency and coinage).cite web| url=http://www.france2007.fr/rugby_article.php?id_rubrique=4&id_article=419&lang=en |publisher=Rugby World Cup Limited |title=World Cup stars to watch out for O’Driscoll, the green giant |accessdate=2007-01-02] In 2003, following the international retirement of long-time Ireland captain Keith Wood, he was awarded the captaincy. O'Driscoll then led Ireland to a second-place finish in the Six Nations, and in the process a Triple Crown.

British and Irish Lions

Brian O'Driscoll appeared in all three British and Irish Lions Tests on the team's 2001 tour of Australia. 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; however, he did appear at pitchside for the match.cite news |url=http://www.rugbyaid.irb.com/News/050303+SL+XVs+announce.htm |title=North and South XVs announced |publisher=irb.com |date=2005-03-03 |accessdate=2007-02-02] cite news| url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/4294979.stm |title=North 19-54 South |publisher=bbc.co.uk |date=2005-03-05 |accessdate=2007-02-02]

O'Driscoll's playing contribution to the 2005 Lions was finished in the opening minutes of the first Test against the All Blacks in Christchurch on 25 June 2005, when he was stretchered off the field with a shoulder injury just after the ball had left a ruck he was defending. Tana Umaga (captain of the All Blacks) and Keven Mealamu had combined together, when they lifted O'Driscoll and drove him headfirst into the ground. He extended one arm to protect his head, and his shoulder was dislocated on impact.

The independent citing commissioner found that the New Zealand players had no case to answer. However, following new footage, International Rugby Board's communications manager Greg Thomas stated "...that dangerous tackles like this have no part in the game".cite news |author=Orlovac, M. and Stokes, J. | title=No action on new O'Driscoll video |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_union/international/4376306.stm |format= |work= |publisher=BBC |id= |pages= |page= |date=2005-10-25 |accessdate=2007-01-20 |language= |quote= ] The Lions management were heavily criticised by New Zealanders for attempting to divert attention away from their terrible performance. 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.

Injury comeback

After speculation in September 2005 that O'Driscoll was preparing to leave Irish provincial rugby and agree a contract to play in France, the IRFU quickly announced they would do all they could to keep him in Ireland. O'Driscoll subsequently signed a deal with the IRFU to keep at Leinster through the 2007 World Cup. He then signed a new four million a year contract with the IRFU that will keep him playing at Leinster until 2011.cite news |author= | title=O'Driscoll signs new Ireland deal |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_union/irish/6128758.stm |format= |work= |publisher=BBC |id= |pages= |page= |date=2006-11-08 |accessdate=2007-01-20 |language= |quote= ] O'Driscoll made his playing comeback for Leinster in December 2005. In January 2006, he helped Leinster beat Bath to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2005-6 Heineken Cup. On the 1st of April 2006, O'Driscoll was instrumental in leading Leinster to victory over Toulouse; reaching the Heineken Cup semi-final.

Life off the pitch

O'Driscoll is a keen fan of the Dublin Gaelic football team and attends their matches at Croke Park Fact|date=February 2007 He is also a big fan of rugby league and has been strongly linked with a cross-code switch in the past.cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/international/3666161.stm|title=O'Driscoll stays in Ireland|publisher=BBC|date=2004-04-28|accessdate=2008-02-18] He has previously dated model Glenda Gilson.

O'Driscoll has been reported to be currently dating Amy Huberman, an actress who is currently starring in the RTÉ production of The Clinic.

A biography of O'Driscoll, called "In BOD We Trust" was published in March 2008.

References

External links

* [http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/members/index.asp?locID=37&docID=92 Leinster profile]
* [http://www.irishrugby.ie/226_165.php Irish Rugby Football Union profile]
* [http://www.Leinstersupporters.com LeinsterSupporters.com profile]
* [http://dynamic.rte.ie/av/2085598.smil RTE News video on the new footage emerging from O'Driscoll's Tackle against New Zealand.]
* [http://www.itsrugby.co.uk/player_613.html Profile on itsrugby.co.uk]
* [http://www.ucdrugby.com/Senior_Squad/Default.8.html#bod UCD Profile]


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