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CLASSIC: Leo Clancy with painting. Photo: Frank McGrath

CLASSIC: Leo Clancy with painting. Photo: Frank McGrath

CLASSIC: Leo Clancy with painting. Photo: Frank McGrath

ACCLAIMED artist Leo Clancy has painted a picture in honour of BOD's last home game for Ireland at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow.

The masterpiece measures 38in by 20in and took three months to complete.

It depicts the rugby hero in the centre of a group with 12 players in action on the field.

Mr Clancy said he painted it as a tribute, and O'Driscoll will be delighted to hear that the artist was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's famous Last Supper.

ALLEGORY

"It's France against Ireland," he said. "It's an allegory to the Last Supper. Just like the Last Supper has a Lord and 12 disciples, there are 12 players in this and O'Driscoll."

The 70-year-old is a lifelong rugby fan and said that he put the star Leinster player at the centre as "BOD is God, or so the fans think".

The painting was last night stored safely back at his home in Rathcoole, but he plans to move it to the Aviva Stadium today ahead of the match.

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