Considering the huge array of talent in professional rugby union, it is certainly a bold move to describe someone as one of the greatest players of all time. However, in the case of Brian O’Driscoll, that tag is certainly justified. At 33-years-old, BOD is now one of the more experienced players in the game, and he has tasted huge success over the years and holds many records on both a domestic and international scale.
We have drooled over O’Driscoll’s career in other posts on this blog. Having listed all of the achievements, statistics and everything else successful in Brian’s career, we thought we would top it all off with some of his most impressive performances. Courtesy of Youtube, we have compiled some of our favourite moments of BOD’s career:
Of course, the title of this blog states that O’Driscoll “has been” one of the greatest players in the world. In our eyes, he still IS one of the world greats and despite his age, has an incredible amount to offer to rugby. As the above video clips highlight, O’Driscoll has scored some memorable tries over the years and will probably continue to do so as long as he remains in professional rugby. Of course, some tries are ranked better than others and bearing this in mind, what are your favourite Brian O’Driscoll moments? With the help of Youtube, they shouldn’t be too difficult to find!
Considering the length and nature of Brian O’Driscoll’s career, there are an unbelievable number of facts that few people know about. Bearing this in mind, we have decided to compile a “did you know” page, which should reveal some very interesting information about the Leinster centre.
1) Brian O’Driscoll was born on 21 January 1979, in Clontarf.
2) He is married, after marrying actress Amy Huberman in 2010.
3) No other player has scored as many tries in 6 Nation tournaments than O’Driscoll. At the time of writing, he has scored twenty five.
4) O’Driscoll’s high profile status can be highlighted through the fact that both he and his wife were invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.
5) In total, O’Driscoll has endorsed three books about his career. However, only one of these is an autobiography.
6) O’Driscoll made his first appearance for the Irish national team in 1999 and has since gone on to make over 125 appearances.
7) Leinster is one of the few players in rugby union who has stayed with the same club throughout his career. Having joined Leinster in 1999, it looks very likely that he will now complete his career with the club.
8) Many people believe that O’Driscoll would have featured much more for the British & Irish Lions if it was not for a horrific shoulder injury sustained against the All Blacks in 2005.
9) Some people may not be surprised to hear that O’Driscoll’s nickname is “BOD”.
10) Some will be shocked at the size of O’Driscoll, with the 33-year-old standing at just 5’”10.
Having been a professional rugby union player at the very top for almost fifteen years, it is no surprise to see that Brian O’Driscoll has won countless awards and achieved an unbelievable amount in his career. Whether it be achievements based on statistics, or awards made by experts, O’Driscoll certainly has everything to his name and is regarded as something of a legend in the sport.
Starting with statistics, O’Driscoll has broken many records for his national team. At the moment, he holds the record as the all-time try top scorer in the 6 Nations, having scored twenty five tries in the tournaments. Elsewhere, he has also won the 6 Nations Player of the Year three times, while he was the top try scorer in the 2009 6 Nations. The list for his try achievements is endless, with other favourable statistics including the European Cup try top scorer in 2009, while he is the current top try scorer for Ireland. To add to this, no other player has captained Ireland more than O’Driscoll.
Following on from such achievements, it is no surprise to see that O’Driscoll has won a number of awards. One accolade that has slipped through his grasp is the IRB World Player of the Year trophy and despite being nominated three times, he has never won it. However, he has been named as one of the 50 greatest rugby players of all time in a poll by The Telegraph, while he received the prestigious award as the World Rugby Player of the Decade following a piece by the Rugby World magazine.
There are few players who can boast an international record as impressive as Brian O’Driscoll. Having made appearances for several of Ireland’s youth teams, the centre finally made his debut for the full national team in 1999. Not only that, but he has also appeared for the British and Irish Lions as well as the Babarians.
His first match for the Ireland national team came in 1999 in a loss to Australia, when he was just 20-years-old. That game proved to be the start of something extremely special for O’Driscoll and Ireland, with the now 33-year-old going on to make over 125 appearances for his country. Moreover, having been named as the captain in 2003, O’Driscoll has worn the Irish armband for almost a decade. Having played for so many years, it will be no surprise to hear that he has broken several records for the Irish, including top try scorer.
Having progressed to be one of the world’s best players in his early 20s, O’Driscoll was selected for the British and Irish Lions in 2001. Unfortunately, injuries have hindered his Lions career substantially and he has been limited to just six games for the team.
As well as the above two international honours, O’Driscoll has also featured for the Babarians. However, it has to be said that these appearances have been made sparingly, with the centre playing just three games. The first of these occurred in 2000, while O’Driscoll hasn’t featured for the Babarians since a game against England in May 2004.
It would be fair to say that Brian O’Driscoll has tasted success in rugby at every age level he has played at. Having broken through into the Ireland Schools team, it wasn’t long before he was representing Ireland at youth level having made appearances in the U19, U20 and U21 teams. He initially started as a fly half, but he was swiftly moved to centre during his early career and has become of the best players of his era in that role.
However, while he may have featured across all levels for the national side, at club level he has just played for one team. Having first signed terms with Leinster in 1999, O’Driscoll certainly hasn’t looked back and has remained with the club ever since. Moreover, he is regarded as one of Leinster’s most influential figures, having been captain of the club between 2005 and 2008. While he no longer holds that status, he is still seen as one of the club’s key players.
As highlighted previously, O’Driscoll has featured prominently for his national team over the years and is in fact the current captain of Ireland. His international career spans back over ten years, having first made his debut for Ireland in 1999. As well as playing for his country, O’Driscoll also boasts international honours with the British and Irish Lions as well as the Babarians.
O’Driscoll’s ability has always meant that he has been linked with other clubs. In 2005, it was heavily speculated that he was about to move to France, yet a deal was quickly struck up that meant he remained playing for Leinster. With O’Driscoll now 33-year-old, it appears extremely likely that he will be a one-club player.