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Brian O'Driscoll ends Ireland career on a high

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Brian O'Driscoll had an emotional - but successful - end to his 15-year career with Ireland.

The 35-year-old centre's career with Ireland finished on a high as Ireland lifted the Six Nations title after defeating France 22-20.

Leinster star O'Driscoll won 133 caps during his international career, scoring 245 points during his time with the national team.

O'Driscoll was first called up to Ireland's squad back in 1999 against Italy but was not selected.

The veteran eventually made his debut at the tender age of 20 when he appeared in Ireland's 46-10 defeat against Australia.

O'Driscoll, speaking after his side's dramatic Six Nations win, said: "It's a magnificent feeling. When it properly sinks in tomorrow when we get home and I'm able to reflect upon it, I'm sure there will be a few tears.

"There were a few tears earlier on when [coach] Joe [Schmidt] gave his team talk. It was quite emotional."

O'Driscoll said after the game that he was glad he called time on his international career as he admitted he was knackered after the match.

Ireland last won the Six Nations in 2009. Their triumph breaks Wales' recent success in the competition after the Red Dragons won lifted the prestigious trophy in successive years.

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