Saturday 3 December 2016

We will point at Brian and say to our young Munster boys 'Son, there is the player I want you to grow up to be'

Published 31/05/2014 | 02:30

'Brian O'Driscoll was never the biggest, but always the bravest and he played every game as if it was his last.' Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
'Brian O'Driscoll was never the biggest, but always the bravest and he played every game as if it was his last.' Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

I never think of Brian O'Driscoll as a Leinster man. I see him as one of us, an Irishman. He's owned by all of us now. Heroes are community property.

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Brian is finishing up today. It's time for him to go – for his sake. His body has taken enough blows. We in Munster wish him well and more than that. Brian played like a Munster man. How we wish he was a Munster man.

There was never any holding back. O'Driscoll was never the biggest, but always the bravest and he played every game as if it was his last. These are the values we hold closest to our southern hearts. The rest of Leinster followed his lead, and so it was a culture of courage was born from the pragmatic heroism of giving good example.

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