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All Blacks legend Dan Carter names the only rugby player who actually ‘scared’ him

4&5. Brian O’Driscoll & Paul O’Connell (Ireland)

Ireland’s iconic centre, O’Driscoll’s dazzling skills and leadership made him a rugby legend. A record-breaking try-scorer and Six Nations icon, his impact reverberates through Irish rugby history.

Ireland’s revered rugby captain and lock, O’Connell’s towering presence and leadership propelled him to legendary status. A talisman for Munster and Ireland, he commanded respect with his indomitable spirit, ferocious tackles, and inspirational commitment to the game.

Carter said: “Two giants of the game that have worn the green jersey were Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll. Their work rate and how they conducted themselves on and off the pitch was exemplary.”

Brian O’Driscoll facts:

  1. He is devoted to Manchester United and his boyhood hero was Mark Hughes
  2. O’Driscoll’s father, Frank, played two games for Ireland and an uncle, Barry, won four caps
  3. His final appearance for Leinster, and for any team, was in the 2014 Pro12 Grand Final on 31 May in Leinster’s home ground, the RDS in Dublin, in which Leinster defeated the Glasgow Warriors 34-12
  4. His most oft-quoted line was delivered at a press conference at Croke Park before an England match in 2009: “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.” 
  5. O’Driscoll was chosen as Player of the Tournament in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 RBS Six Nations Championships.