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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Fact file on Brian O'Driscoll ahead of the Ireland centre's final Test against France in the Six Nations in Paris tomorrow morning:

Full name: Brian Gerald O'Driscoll

Birth date: January 21, 1979

Birthplace: Dublin

Major teams played for: Leinster, Ireland, British and Irish Lions

Position: Centre

Height: 5ft 10in

Weight: 205lbs

Test record (matches, starts, substitute appearances, points, tries, drop goals, won, lost, drawn, win %):

Ireland: 132 131 1 245 46 5 79 51 2 60.60

Lions: 8 8 0 5 1 0 2 6 0 25.00

Total: 140 139 1 250 47 5 81 57 2 58.57

Key moments:

1996: Makes Ireland schools debut.

1999: Wins three Ireland Under-21 caps.

1999: In June makes Test debut against Australia in Brisbane.

1999: In August makes provincial debut for Leinster.

1999: In November scores first international try, against the United States at that year's World Cup.

2000: Scores a stunning hat-trick of tries as Ireland beat France 27-25 - their first win in Paris in 28 years.

2001: Selected for British and Irish Lions tour of Australia. Plays in all three Tests in a 2-1 series loss.

2002: First given Ireland captaincy.

2003: Appears in second World Cup where Ireland lose 43-21 to France in the quarter-finals in Melbourne - Ireland great Keith Wood's final Test before retirement.

2004: Made permanent Ireland captain. Leads Ireland to first Triple Crown for 19 years.

2005: Named Lions captain for tour of New Zealand.

June 25 - Ruled out of the rest of the Lions tour after dislocating his left shoulder in the first 90 seconds of the first Test against the All Blacks in Christchurch after a controversial spear tackle by Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu.

2007: On March 17 surpasses Wood's record of 36 Tests as Ireland captain in a 51-24 win over Italy in the Six Nations.

2007: Appears in third World Cup where Ireland, disappointingly, fail to get out of their pool.

2008: Captains Leinster to the Celtic League title.

2009: In March leads Ireland to only their second Grand Slam - their first since 1948. Scores four tries in five Tests as he is named player of the tournament.

2009: In May drops a goal as Leinster beat Leicester 19-16 to win the European Cup final.

2009: In June plays two Tests on the Lions' losing tour of South Africa, but misses the third with concussion.

2010: In January voted World Rugby player of the decade by Rugby World magazine.

2011: On March 19 scores a record 25th Six Nations try in a 24-8 win over England.

2011: On May 21 wins his second European Cup as Leinster beat Northampton 33-22.

2011: In October, at his fourth World Cup, leads Ireland to the quarter-finals where they are beaten 22-10 by Wales in Wellington.

2012: On May 19 helps Leinster retain the European Cup with a 42-14 win over Irish rivals Ulster.

2013: On March 20 suspended for three weeks, having been cited for stamping in Ireland's final Six Nations game against Italy.

2013: On April 30, selected for his fourth Lions tour.

2013: In July controversially left out of the match-day 23 for the Lions' series decider by coach Warren Gatland - who as Ireland boss gave him his Test debut - but the combined side beat Australia in his absence.

2013: In November plays in Ireland's heartbreaking last gasp 24-22 loss to New Zealand - a result that denies the Irish a first win over the All Blacks.

2014: On March 8 becomes world's most-capped player of all time when he makes his 140th Test appearance, and last at home, in a 46-7 Six Nations thrashing of Italy where he lies on three tries.

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