Monday 22 January 2018

O'Driscoll inducted into the rugby hall of fame

Hall of fame: Brian O’Driscoll Picture: Sportsfile
Hall of fame: Brian O’Driscoll Picture: Sportsfile

Nigel Whittaker

Brian O'Driscoll was last night rewarded for his outstanding contribution to rugby when he was inducted into World Rugby's hall of fame at a ceremony in England.

In his 15 seasons with Leinster, O'Driscoll won three Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and four PRO12/Celtic League titles.

Ireland's record try-scorer (46) and cap-holder (133) who enjoyed a stellar international career from 1999-2014, was one of 12 inductees to the hall of fame.

O'Driscoll made his Ireland debut in 1999, but it was a thrilling hat-trick in a famous win over France in Paris the following year that really grabbed the world's attention.

The former Blackrock College student also won eight caps for the Lions over a career that spanned four tours, scoring a stunning try on his debut against Australia in Brisbane in 2001. He captained the side four years later before injury ended his tour.

In 2009, O'Driscoll, a three-time IRB Player of the Year nominee, led Ireland to their first Grand Slam in 61 years.

"The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an indelible mark on our sport through feats on the field of play, displays of great character or through their tireless and inspirational work in driving forward our great game," said World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont, who was at last night's ceremony.

"The latest set of inductions includes some real legends, players who have helped to shape the image of rugby and are an inspiration to generations of fans.

"They are truly some of the biggest names in our sport and all have contributed immensely to the enjoyment we have all felt watching top-level rugby over the decades.

"Each of these 12 inductees has made a positive impression on the sport that will last the test of time."

A clutch of the game's greats including Jonny Wilkinson, Shane Williams, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jeremy Guscott were also honoured at the ceremony.

Irish Independent

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