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I was so proud to be with Sadie at farewell

BRIAN O'Driscoll has spoken of his pride at carrying daughter Sadie on to the pitch in his final appearance at the Aviva Stadium in an Ireland shirt.

In a call to a radio station as he trains for the big game against France at the weekend, O'Driscoll said: "I was just trying to take in the moment, it was great fun" .

The Ireland and Leinster star spoke to Ray D'Arcy on Today FM to surprise a fan, Michelle, who had missed seeing him playing on Saturday.

After the victory over Italy, the man of the match was given a standing ovation and guard of honour from both his team-mates and fans.

But it was his one-year-old daughter who stole the show.

"I was just trying to enjoy the moment because it passes by in an instant and to share it with her [Sadie] was great," O'Driscoll said.

He surprised both the fan and programme bosses by phoning in unexpectedly while listening to the show from the Ireland training camp ahead of the match in Paris – his final game for the Irish team.


"It'll be nice memories looking back in a few years time," he explained. "I was really touched by the atmosphere in the Aviva – it was insane.

"It's only hitting home now, I'm reading through emails, texts and tweets and it really is very touching."

O'Driscoll even joked about newly-retired former Ireland team-mate Ronan O'Gara when asked about the atmosphere at the camp.

"Atmosphere in the camp is good, you sound like Ronan O'Gara, who's always asking, 'Well how's things? How's the camp?' I'm only gone six months and I've already turned into this person."

As for his attitude towards Ireland's chance at Six Nations victory, he said: "We won't worry ourselves just yet, just keep building for the rest of the week. When it gets to Saturday, we'll give one massive performance."