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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Brian O'Driscoll factfile

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll celebrates after scoring his third try against France in 2000 in the performance that launched his stellar career
Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll celebrates after scoring his third try against France in 2000 in the performance that launched his stellar career

The incredible path that Brian O'Driscoll's career has taken thus far.

1979: Born January 21 in Dublin.

1996: Makes Ireland schools debut.

1999: Wins three Ireland Under-21 caps.

April - Called up to Ireland squad against Italy but not used in the match.

June - Makes Test debut against Australia during summer tour.

August - Handed provincial debut for Leinster.

November - Scores first international try, against the United States in 1999 World Cup.

2000: Runs in a hat-trick against France in Paris.

2001: Named in British and Irish Lions squad for Australia. Played all three Tests in 2-1 series defeat.

2002: Given Ireland captaincy for first time.

2004: Made permanent Ireland skipper. Leads Ireland to first Triple Crown for 19 years.

2005: Named Lions captain for tour to New Zealand.

June 25 - Ruled out of the rest of the Lions tour after dislocating his left shoulder in the first 90 seconds of the first Test against the All Blacks in Christchurch after a spear tackle by Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu. The pair escaped sanction at the time but were later strongly condemned by the International Rugby Board.

2007: March 17 - Surpasses Keith Wood's record of 36 Tests as Ireland captain as they beat Italy 51-24 in the final game of the RBS 6 Nations.

April - Named RBS 6 Nations player of the tournament for a second consecutive year, following Ireland's defence of the Triple Crown.

August 12 - Picked in 30-man squad for the World Cup, in which Ireland finished third in Pool D.

August 16 - Punched in the face during Ireland's match with French club Bayonne and taken to hospital with a suspected fractured cheekbone.

2008: Captains Leinster to the Celtic League title.

2009: March 21 - Leads Ireland to the Six Nations Grand Slam as they beat Wales 17-15. O'Driscoll scored four tries in five games and was named player of the tournament.

May 23 - O'Driscoll drops a goal as Leinster win the Heineken Cup with a 19-16 win over Leicester. He had also scored an interception try in the semi-final win over Munster.

June - Plays two Tests on the Lions' tour of South Africa, but misses the third with concussion.

November 16 - Shortlisted for the IRB player of the year award, but eventually misses out to New Zealand's Richie McCaw.

2010: January - Voted World Rugby player of the decade by Rugby World magazine.

2011: March 19 - Scores a record 25th Six Nations try in a 24-8 win over England.

May 21 - Wins his second Heineken Cup as Leinster beat Northampton 33-22.

September-October - Captains Ireland to the World Cup quarter-finals.

2012: May 19 - Leinster retain the Heineken Cup with a 42-14 win over Ulster.

2013: March 20 - Suspended for three weeks, having been cited for stamping in Ireland's final Six Nations game against Italy.

April 30 - Selected for his fourth Lions tour, only the third player to achieve the feat.

May 16 - Signs a new one-year contract with Leinster and the Irish Rugby Football Union, ending speculation he would retire after the Lions tour.

July 3 - Surprisingly left out of the Lions' matchday squad for the series-deciding third Test against Australia.

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