Thursday 22 March 2018

Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell were both invited to the 'most exclusive club' in rugby last night

Credit: Brian O'Driscoll; Instagram
Credit: Brian O'Driscoll; Instagram Newsdesk Newsdesk

Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell are recognised as Ireland's two most iconic captains of the professional era, so it is fitting that their careers will be eternally linked by rugby's greatest leadership honour.

The duo are not only steeped in provincial and Irish rugby history, but have also made a big impact with the Lions - with O'Driscoll touring the southern hemisphere four times to O'Connell trio of trips.

Furthermore, the former Ireland captains both had the privilege of skippering the Lions during their careers, joining an even more prestigious group.

There are just 13 living Lions captains, and 12 of them gathered in Dublin last night (Sam Warburton was absent due to international commitments with Wales) for a special dinner to mark the launch of the Lions Players Club, which has been set up to honour each player who has been selected for a tour.

Some of the greats of northern hemisphere rugby such as Martin Johnson and Phil Bennett were present, but the gathering also highlighted how successful Ireland have been in producing Lions captains.

Of the last 13, six have been from Ireland, with Ronnie Dawson (1959), Tom Kiernan (1968), Willie John McBride (1974) and Ciaran Fitzgerald (1983) joining O'Driscoll and O'Connell on the list.

The former Ireland centre shared an Instagram post to mark the event, with the caption:

"Most exclusive club to be part of! #LivingLionsCaptains #onlymissingSam"


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