Ireland

Focus on: Brian O’Driscoll

Brian O’Driscoll comes from a family of physicians and was born in Dublin. However, his family has deep roots in rugby as well. His father played for Ireland as well as an uncle won several caps in his playing career. It was his other uncle, John, who helps to put a Driscoll’s name on the map as he had represented Ireland about 26 times as well as being part of the Lions.

O’Driscoll played Gaelic football as a child, but he started to play rugby from secondary education onwards. At such a time he was in Blackrock College where he was part of the Senior Cup team during the years 1996 and 1997.

He was even captain of the school team in 1997 and capped about three times for the Ireland Schools in the year 1996. He played for Ireland U-19 in the year 1998. He was part of the success that brought Ireland the cup for Under 19 Rugby World Championship that year. He then attended UCD on a scholarship that he received. Here he also played in the under 20 team. By 1999 he was made part of Leinster club. Under the guidance of Alan Gaffney and Matt Williams he formed a formidable player for the backline. The team won the Celtic League in 2001 which was the inaugural year for the tournament that time. The Heineken Cup was also a tournament that they played well in 2003 and Driscoll was a part of that. He was also part of the same club when they played against the Wasps in 2007.

The game they played in 2008 helped them get the Magner League, which was an honor for Driscoll as he was captain at that time. His focus changed in the subsequent years. The years 2013 to 2014 were his last which he played before retiring.