O’Driscoll waves goodbye to international rugby with fairytale ending

British & Irish Lion Brian O'Driscoll waved goodbye to international rugby in fairytale style after being named man of the match in Ireland's nail-biting win in France. [more]

O’Driscoll waves goodbye to international rugby with fairytale ending

British & Irish Lion Brian O’Driscoll waved goodbye to international rugby in fairytale style after being named man of the match in Ireland’s nail-biting win in France.

The legendary centre won a world-record 141st international cap in Paris – and the 22-20 victory made sure he bowed out on his own winning terms.

He had already kicked off his swansong year with a triumphant Lions Tour in Australia and will now be seeking success with club side Leinster before he calls time on his career in the summer.

And O’Driscoll admits he went through the emotional wringer in his last appearance for Ireland – but will not be hanging up his emerald green shirt with regret.

"The emotions are starting to kick in now," he said."When I do hang this jersey up on the hook inside it will be with fond memories.

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"It was last leg stuff and I now know why I'm packing it in, particularly with guys like Mathieu Bastareaud running at you. 80 minutes is a long time for international rugby.

"I am absolutely delighted. There is a huge Irish contingent here and I am glad we gave them something to shout about."

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