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Hoarding on way to the Aviva Stadium pays tribute to hero Brian O'Driscoll. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hoarding on way to the Aviva Stadium pays tribute to hero Brian O'Driscoll. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hoarding on way to the Aviva Stadium pays tribute to hero Brian O'Driscoll. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

HUMBLE Brian O'Driscoll is overwhelmed by the "BOD Mania" gripping the capital in the lead-up to his last game at the Aviva Stadium.

The Irish rugby hero will play his final home match in the green jersey at the Lansdowne Road grounds this weekend when Joe Schmidt's side takes on Italy in the Six Nations.

The game brings to an end the international's successful career and will be marked in a number of ways by his fellow players, management and the IRFU, the Herald can reveal.

IRFU communications director Stephen McNamara said they have been working with O'Driscoll (35) to mark the occasion.

It is expected that BOD will lead his team-mates from the changing room on to the pitch, and he has been given the option of doing a lap of honour after the final whistle.

SOUVENIR

"The match programme will include a souvenir poster," Mr McNamara said.

"We will show a number of videos on the big screen and throughout the stadium and we are confident that come the final whistle the Irish fans will lift the roof off the Aviva as they thank Brian for all he has done so far for Irish rugby."

O'Driscoll's parents, Frank and Geraldine, his sisters and his wife Amy Huberman and one-year-old daughter Sadie will be cheering on the Leinster centre from the stands.

However, there will be no special players' dinner for the former captain this weekend, as he wants to concentrate on the final fixture of the Six Nations campaign on March 15 against France in Paris.

"Brian still very much has his eye on the last game and winning the Championship, so he's not thinking about anything else really," a source close to the player said.

"He's a very unassuming guy and it's over-whelming to receive this much attention over his last game at home. It's going to be emotional for everyone, most of all Brian and his family."

Businesses around the city are also planning to celebrate O'Driscoll's career.

Advertising company Target McConnells hung a huge poster of the star on their building on the team's route to the Aviva.

 


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