Sunday 18 March 2018

Homecoming for heroes after 'fairy tale' finish

The roar that greeted Brian O'Driscoll and the rest of Ireland's conquering heroes at Dublin Airport was almost as loud as the roar that went around the Stade de France when the final whistle blew to signal Ireland's Six Nations victory.

Led by captain Paul O'Connell carrying the trophy, the team's appearance in Terminal 2 sent more than 1,000 fans into delirium.

For head coach Joe Schmidt, it was a case of a job well done. But for 35-year-old O'Driscoll, it was a "fairy tale" finish to his 15 years in the green jersey. "Fairy tales do happen. Sometimes fairy tales happen because you get a bit lucky, but I think the harder he (O'Driscoll) worked the luckier he got," Schmidt said.

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