Brian O’Driscoll scores a try against Scotland in 2002.

You’ve never spoken to him. In fact, you’ve even met him but still, you’ve known him for so long that it feels as though he is part of the furn(...)

  Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll his  try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 40 Northampton Saints 7: Turns out the sum of Northampton’s parts is nowhere near the plain Leinster exist upon. By the 37th minute this g(...)

Brian O’Driscoll during the captain’s run. “My understanding of it is that all four countries do things differently, and obviously in Ireland we’re talkers and so maybe there’ll be a need for us to tone it down a little bit.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He was in vintage form, his audience eating from the palm of his hand as he imparted considered and utterly relaxed answers to almost half an hour’s (...)