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Published 04/02/2012 | 14:24

Paul O'Connell takes over as Ireland captain from Brian O'Driscoll but the team needs some new leaders to emerge
Paul O'Connell takes over as Ireland captain from Brian O'Driscoll but the team needs some new leaders to emerge

THE last time Ireland won a Six Nations game with Brian O’Driscoll sitting in the stand, George Best was alive.

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Chances are he even watched the easy filleting of an abject Scotland team while sipping white wine in his Surbiton local. George’s health had yet to take the calamitous turn that would prove terminal just over nine months later in November 2005.



O’Driscoll and Best belong together in a minute assembly of sports people from this island whose names have a global recognition factor.

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