The odds at rugby union betting sites for Ireland taking out the 2012 Six Nations would have lengthened considerably with news that their legendary captain Brian O’Driscoll will miss the entire campaign with a shoulder injury. The injury has ruled O’Driscoll out of all rugby for six months following surgery next week on a trapped nerve in his shoulder.
O’Driscoll’s record breaking international rugby career started back in 1999 and he has gone on to gain 117 test caps for Ireland and 6 times for the British and Irish Lions. Brian O’Driscoll has played in three Rugby World Cups and the last three British and Irish Lions tours. He was also captain of the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, but was injured in the opening minutes of the first test after a controversial ruck clear out by Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu had him dropped on his shoulder. He stayed on us a non-playing squad captain, but the event tainted the much anticipated New Zealand tour.
O’Driscoll has also played 151 times for Ireland rugby club Leinster and scored 271 points for them. Brian O’Driscoll will also miss the Heineken Cup Rugby season (click here for 2011/2012 Heineken Cup Fixtures).
Inspirational stalwart Paul O’Connell will captain the Ireland rugby team in O’Driscoll’s absence.
Brian O’Driscoll Records:
- Nominated for the IRB World Player of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2009
- Six Nations player of the tournament in 2006, 2007 and 2009
- Has the record for most tries in the Six Nations, with 25
- Ireland’s record try scorer and most capped player
- The 8th highest test try scorer in history, with 45
- Has scored more tries in the Heineken Cup than any other Irishman
- Number 10 in Will Carling 2007’s ’50 Greatest Rugby players’ in The Telegraph
- Dubliner of the Year 2008 Award in The Dubliner magazine
- Voted Rugby World ‘World Rugby’ player of the decade 2000–2009 in 2010
- Lead Ireland to the Six Nations title in 2009