Posts Tagged "Brian O’Driscoll"

And so we say goodbye to Brian O’Driscoll. After more than 15 years, he has finally hung up the boots and retired from professional rugby.

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Every so often, a player comes through the rugby ranks who seems better suited to the style of a nation they cannot call their own.

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Last weekend drew to a close the 2014 Six Nations and what a finale it was, coming right down to the final game of the tournament between France and Ireland to decide the winner.

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Brian O’Driscoll has all the attributes to forge a first-class coaching career, according to Ireland boss Joe Schmidt.

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Ireland have won the 2014 Six Nations title after beating France in a heart-stopping final match, 22-20.

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After an intense weekend of rugby, including upsets, close calls and blow outs, here’s what I have for you in my global rugby weekend review.

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The Sydney Morning Herald‘s chief rugby writer, Georgina Robinson, made several poignant points on Fox Rugby HQ on Thursday night.

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With Ireland going into the final round of the 2014 Six Nations on top of the table with a plus-81 points differential, 49 points ahead of England, they know that a win against France should see them claim the trophy they haven’t held since 2009.

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Ireland gave icon Brian O’Driscoll a rousing farewell in what was his last rugby Test match at Lansdowne Road on Saturday as they ran out 46-7 winners over Italy in the Six Nations.

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Brian O’Driscoll looks set to make history when he runs out to the field on Saturday at the Aviva. His match against Italy will be his 140th Test appearance, making him the world’s most capped Test player.

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Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has said he is struggling to contemplate playing in a Test side without Brian O’Driscoll as the star centre prepares for his final home international at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

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History will vindicate Warren Gatland’s controversial decision to select Jonathan Davies for the third and deciding Test of the Lions series against Australia last year.

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Warren Gatland admits the fallout from dropping Brian O’Driscoll for the summer’s final British Lions Test will put an “extra twist” on Wales’ trip to Ireland in the Six Nations.

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A common expression from the past is “the luck of the Irish”. Irish rugby fans everywhere, however, would be ruing their luck after their national team failed at the death to hold out the mighty New Zealand All Blacks and record an historic first-ever win.

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Last week I wrote of my expectation that the All Blacks would manage to see off the English, but also of a feeling in my waters that they might still be heading for another end-of-year ambush, though this time in Dublin.

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Ireland will be without injured wing Fergus McFadden against the All Blacks, while question marks remain over three other key backs, including fired-up veteran Brian O’Driscoll.

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Rugby great Brian O’Driscoll has pleaded with the Irish public to let go and move on from his controversial Lions axing as he prepares for one last battle against the Wallabies.

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Much is made about the magic of the FA Cup; the romanticism of how a lowly team from Chelmsford can go up against the might of Manchester United in a game people will talk about for years.

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Even for an Irish fan, the current Irish rugby union team has both good and bad spots.

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Brian O’Driscoll admitted on Thursday that he still harbours “resentment” towards British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland over his non-selection for the third Test against Australia earlier this year.

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