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Brian O'Driscoll is an Irish professional rugby union player. He is the current captain of the Ireland Rugby team and captained Leinster Rugby until the start of 2008 season. He also captained the British and Irish Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand.
O'Driscoll was born in Clontarf on Dublin's Northside in 1979. For his secondary education he attended Blackrock College where he played in the Senior Cup team. He was capped three times for Ireland Schools in 1996. In 1998, O'Driscoll played for the Ireland U-19 side which won the Under 19 Rugby World Championship. O'Driscoll made his debut for Leinster in 1999, and he became an explosive force in the Leinster backline. In 2001, Leinster won the inaugural Celtic League beating Munster in Lansdowne Road.
In 2003, following the international retirement of long-time Ireland captain Keith Wood, O' Driscoll was awarded the captaincy of the Ireland team. In that year, O'Driscoll led Ireland to second place in the Six Nations Championship. This was followed by Triple Crowns in 2004 (Ireland's first crown since 1985), 2006 and 2007. In 2004, O'Driscoll captained Ireland to a 17–12 victory over South Africa, the first Irish win over the Springboks since 1965.
In 2009, O'Driscoll was again selected as captain, leading Ireland to win the Triple Crown, Six Nations Championship and their first Grand Slam in 61 years.
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