The highs and lows of Brian O'Driscoll's career
Brian O'Driscoll's shock omission from the British and Irish Lions team for the deciding Test against Australia has provided the biggest talking point of the 2013 tour. Here we look at the highs and lows of one of the most celebrated rugby careers in rugby union history.
2000 - Stunning hat-trick in 27-25 victory over France - Ireland's first win in Paris since 1972 - that begins his ascent to rugby stardom.
2001 - Scores one of the great Lions tries in the 29-13 victory over Australia in the first Test in Brisbane on the first of his four Lions tours.
2004 - Appointed permanent Ireland captain following the retirement of Keith Wood, signalling the start of a golden era of Irish rugby.
2007 - Leads Ireland to a 43-13 demolition of England in the Six Nations - England's first visit to Croke Park.
2009 - Skippers Ireland to the Grand Slam - the country's first for 61 years - and then selected for his third Lions tour.
2005 - Tour to New Zealand as Lions captain ends just seconds into the first Test after being spear-tackled out of the series.
2007 - The worst of O'Driscoll's four World Cups, Ireland dismal from start to finish as they fail to reach the quarter-finals.
2011 - Undergoes an operation on a trapped nerve in his neck that sidelines him for six months and threatens his career.
2013 - Loses Ireland captaincy to Leinster team-mate Jamie Heaslip in a controversial move by then coach Declan Kidney.
2013 - Omitted from the Lions team for the deciding Test against Australia, dropped for the first time in 14 years of professional rugby.