His new book closes the first half of his life, but Brian O’Driscoll has a lot to look forward to in the years ahead

Luke Fitzgerald: returns to action for Leinster against Castres after long injury absence. Photograph: Inpho.

Zane Kirchner plays at fullback to cover for injured Rob Kearney

Rhys Ruddock chases down  Alapati Leiua of Wasps to prevent an easy conversion during the Champions Cup match at the RDS last weekend. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Jamie Heaslip’s performance ‘inspirational’ facing into difficult Castres tie

 Brian O’Driscoll and Robbie Henshaw during an Ireland training session. The former captain has tipped the young Connacht player to fill the number 13 shirt in his absence.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

“Darce, for me, is still the number one 12. But I think Jared (Payne) is a better 15.”

Jamie Heaslip is tackled by Sailosi Tagicakiba. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Backrow inspires from front against Wasps with display full of tacking and running

Brian O’Driscoll speaks to  Craig Doyle before the Harlequins and Castres Champions Cup match on Friday night. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Extracts from ‘The Test - My Autobiography’ appeared in today’s Sunday Times

Imposing centre Stuart McCloskey with Ulster coach Neil Doak and Paul Marshall. Photo: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

A packed Welford Road on a European match day no place for the faint-hearted

Sale’s Sebastien Chabal is wrapped up by Munster’s Donncha O’Callaghan during the clubs’ 2006 Heineken Cup meeting. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Victory over English club was springboard to success in 2006

 Leicester Tigers assistant coach Geordan Murphy talks to the head coach Richard Cockerill. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Former Irish fullback knows home win vital for Leicester

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