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Friday, June 10, 2011

Brian O'Driscoll back from the dead, then a neat flick pass

Brian O'Driscoll back from the dead, then a neat flick pass

After the Magners League Grand Final a couple of weeks ago, two of the most requested moments were these pieces of magic by midfield magician Brian O'Driscoll. While Munster actually beat Leinster, there's no doubt that these are still worth featuring.

There's actually quite a lot that happens in this three minute long clip. As you can see at the beginning, Leinster run the ball from deep before O'Driscoll puts a kick through. In the follow up he gets badly taken out by Marcus Horan, which results in him being knocked to the floor.

While receiving medical attention, there's a turnover, so Munster counterattack. BOD, never one to let his own personal well being come ahead of his teams, jumps up at the last second to make the tackle. Probably quite a sneaky move, but it shows the commitment of the guy.

He played on, and later in the match streaked up the left wing before delivering a pinpoint no- look flick pass to flyhalf Jonathan Sexton. As you can see, O'Driscoll touched the ball twice more in the movement, as Leinster gradually moved up field before earning a penalty.

There's also a small cameo by European Player of the Year, Sean O'Brien, as he bumped off Ronan O'Gara in typical fashion. Unfortunately there was no proper replay at the time, but a little zoom and slow mo does the trick on this occasion.

All in all, typical O'Driscoll brilliance on show. Him getting up to make that tackle when hurt was not only courageous, but pretty funny too. Enjoy.

Time: 03:03

Posted at 6:12 pm | 83 comments

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Last June 10, 2011 6:44 pm

thats what I love about Rugby!
Injuried player standing up and playing on! I no other sport that would happen!
ODriscoll is simply a legend! thumbs up if you agree!

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 6:49 pm

^This ain't youtube boy, ain't no thumbs around here!

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O'gasm June 10, 2011 6:54 pm

I want the 'firsts!' back if it means the 'thumbs up' crowd don't come over here.

I love BOD, i'd have his babies but us mere humans wouldnt be worthy.

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king June 10, 2011 6:56 pm

He is so f@cking good. I genuinely think he is one of the best players ever in his position, if not the. I know that's a big statement. And no i'm not Irish.

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Chris Boy June 10, 2011 7:10 pm

if i was picking centres i'd probably go for sonny bill and Bod. mean combo.

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Juggernauter June 10, 2011 7:23 pm

That's a pretty cheap shot by Horan. Shame.

And I loved how Danny Barnes (the blond Munster 13) kept covering for O'Driscoll and he just lined him up and beats him haha... And that was one neat pass.

Sonny Bill and O'Driscoll... now that's two for the Bararians to hire!

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Bobby Nations June 10, 2011 7:24 pm

How did the ref miss Horan's takedown there? BOD was actually about to receive a pass for the love of Pete.

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 7:42 pm

Brilliant!

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medicaluke June 10, 2011 7:42 pm

Was a bit dirty by Horan. Can understand how the ref missed it though. The commentator thought it was accidental until the replays, and at full pace without any replays I can understand why a referee might miss it.
BOD is a great player, but is sorely missed by his teams when he isn't playing. I think he definitely has a claim to one of the best 13s in the game.

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Luxi June 10, 2011 7:49 pm

class play by a class player

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I hate ppl who write June 10, 2011 8:11 pm

Agree with Juggernauter, would love to see O'Driscoll and Sonny Bill play together!

Horan is an absolute tit!

O'Gasm, no not the first! Anything but the Firsts! ;)

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Munster Man June 10, 2011 8:28 pm

Marcus Horan is scum. We don't need him tarnishing our reputation like that. Put him in a retirement home A.S.A.P.

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Blast yards June 10, 2011 8:51 pm

Munster man you can't put Horan in a retirement home like that, imagine what'd do to people that try to walk past him if he was given a cane as well

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 9:08 pm

This is why BOD is great. Not because of his passing or defense. He is the most dedicated player I have ever seen. He'll do anything for the team including injuring himself.

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 9:10 pm

"I think he definitely has a claim to one of the best 13s in the game."

Damn straight. The only thing which people should debate is whether or not he was / is the greatest. Considering everything he has done, I believe he is the best 13 in the history of the game.

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 9:12 pm

Fucking scumbag. How was he not cited for that? Such a pathetic piece of play.

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 9:15 pm

5 or 6 years ago, BOD would have scored that. The flick pass is exactly the type of thing he does now because he is not as fast. He is no longer a scorer but a playmaker of the highest quality.

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 9:23 pm

BOD = GOD

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 9:45 pm

Munster Man, you are an arsehole. Leinster fan coming on trying to pass himself off. Wanker.

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 9:52 pm

Loving all the negative crap from the Ladyboys. Two in a row now, girls. Who actually won the game RD? Three videos and two of them showing how "well" Leinster played. Munster beat them off the park and held them tryless, scoring three tries. Any chance you'd show a bit of impartiality?

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 9:58 pm

If that O'driscoll lad puts his head down and puts the work in.. I believe he might have a bright future ahead of him in the game..

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 10:03 pm

For a 3 minute clip i spotted so many Munster infringements.

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Ronan June 10, 2011 10:03 pm

horan you asshole...
and even worse he drops like a bitch holding his face when hines pushes him.
pussy....

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Steo June 10, 2011 10:06 pm

'Anonymous from Munster'... says it all really doesn't it?... carps about 2-in-a-row in a season in which Leinster put 5-in-a-row on the turnip-snafflers and won the European Cup (again). 'Oh but we won, wit de heoilp of de bent roif, 2-in-a-row in de Mignor's league!' Pathetic.

And on the play... can we all ask@

Brian O'Driscoll... Brian O'Driscoll... are you Jesus in disguise???

Best 13 ever.

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cian June 10, 2011 10:07 pm

is it biased against munster lately or what rd?? decent vids but only showing what leinster did in the game and yet munster won with three tries! horan foul was uncalled for but he's a great player to have for the irish squad. BOD = GOD!

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Guy June 10, 2011 10:58 pm

"If that O'driscoll lad puts his head down and puts the work in.. I believe he might have a bright future ahead of him in the game.."

Classic!!

Pure class from BOD by the way.

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Anonymous June 10, 2011 11:35 pm

Great determination in the tackle by BOD but i think Barnes (blonde Munster centre) tripped giving the outside chance.

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James June 10, 2011 11:53 pm

That's good shit.

Calling this bias is extremely foolish, and unfair imo. I'm glad I got to see it, so THANKS RD!

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JAMIE June 11, 2011 1:35 am

"is it biased against munster lately or what rd?? decent vids but only showing what leinster did in the game and yet munster won with three tries! horan foul was uncalled for but he's a great player to have for the irish squad. BOD = GOD!"

RD showed the highlights of the game and wrote an article about Munster's win. What more do you want?

They won, but they were boring as fuck apart from Earls' try.

If Munster did anything entertaining or worth watching which wasn't shown I'd love to see it here, but they didn't (apart from Horan's dirty cheap shot on BOD which was shown above.

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 2:40 am

Lol @ best 13 ever comments...

Two names.

Danie Gerber and Jaque Fourie.

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 3:23 am

have to laugh at comments about super rugby having loads of better 13's do they not think we watch their games in the NH.

BOD has been a threat ever since in sliced through the wallabies for the Lions. Everything you want from a number 13. The munster guy did nothing wrong and he still flew straight pass him.

And yes please put him and Sonny in a team together. Would fill sorry for anyone defending that.

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 3:46 am

Gay and Fake

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 3:47 am

THumbs up? Lol please no

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moddeur June 11, 2011 7:35 am

@Last
Like that famous saying goes, "Rugby is a sport in which, when an Italian goes down, he gets up immediately".

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 9:12 am

People who think what horan did was illegal, try watching Heaslip's last few games. Scumbag of the highest order. He is after turning into the sneakiest player in the game. MacCaw cheats, yes, buts its never dirty, while Heaslip is the cockiest dick in rugby and that includes the Springboks. Hope Ire don't make him captain.

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Shut up, shut up June 11, 2011 9:15 am

Someone has to say it, Horan looked like he was holding his line to me, just dropped the shoulder at the point of impact. How many times does it happen in a match? Plenty, just so happens he caught Bod good qand he went down. Irony is, Bod had interferred earlier in the game too.

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Flinto June 11, 2011 9:46 am

It would be a great day when fans can put their Leinster/Munster, NH/SH aside and just appreciate good rugby on this site, which is what it's here for after all.

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Leeners93 June 11, 2011 11:15 am

i think that's SLIGHTLY harsh on heaslip.i've never seen anything in his game that warrants that sort of a description,and i've never heard anything from anyone else about him either.

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 11:41 am

Love how south Africans think they have the best center in the world? on the one or two occasions they try play expansive rugby they merely just truck it up the middle...no flair no vigor ..

If anyone goes on about how many tries are scored in S15 most are caused by piss poor defending.

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 11:49 am

thats all i got from this vid is BOD is still class and munster are still cheating bastards.

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 12:53 pm

Any chance of a video of the Leinster fans throwing beer at the cameraman at the HCup final? Or even audio of the charming little chant about "Dead Brits" at the same game? THE most despised fans in European rugby, other supporters hate to see them coming.

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 1:53 pm

Fuck you anonymous^. Talked to every fan of every team in Europe have ya? Probably a Northampton fan cryin cos we beat ya we're Kings of Europe again. And the Anonymous saying Heaslip's dirty, queer Munster fan. Always somethin to say against Leinster. That's what backrow players are supposed to do. I'm one myself btw so I would know.

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I hate ppl who write June 11, 2011 1:58 pm

Wow, a video appreciating a bit of skill gets put up on a Rugby Forum and all the chip on the shoulder comments come out.

Regarding, beating All-Blacks, winning Lions tours etc. they are all things that TEAMS do. O'Driscoll is admired by rugby fans for his indivisual brilliance.

Top try scoring Centre of all time in Rugby Union, top try scorer in 6 nations history.

Danie Gerber and Jaque Fourie? What about them? You're not implying that they are the best centres in the world are you? Even if O'Driscoll had never played the game there's a whole list of players that I'd rate above them, Umaga, Sella, Tuqiri, Guscott...just to name a few.

Oh and average super Rugby my arse, Cipriani seems to be holding up well down there as would many other NH players, get over yourselves would ye?

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 2:01 pm

^^Well said mate.

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 2:45 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuStsFW4EmQ

CAN EVERYONE STOP WITH THE NEGATIVE WAVES!!!!!!!


cheers guys

View Video

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Reality June 11, 2011 3:22 pm

Hopefully this will make Declan Kidney not consider Marcus Horan for the world cup. Has been an absolute liability for years with his awful ball-carrying, laughable scrummaging and frequent penalties for stupid stuff.

And don't start crying calling me a Leinster cock or anything, cos I think Munster are great, but I'm not blind to their faults. If Horan was gotten rid of it would make the Munster team a lot better in my opinion. Same goes for Gordon D'arcy at Leinster. Also Paddy Wallace at Ulster.

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Will June 11, 2011 3:46 pm

Grow up everyone. We're not football fans.

Cheers.

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 5:41 pm

Hey guys, here is a message to ALL of you that post negative comments:

FUCK OFF.....

you aren't wanted here...

you're boring

the fact is would you go to the cinema to watch a movie you dont like? no...so fuck off and dont watch these.. dont ever watch anything about bod again...don't if you cant appreciate both hemispheres rugby then stick with your own!

it works both ways. NH if you dont like SH then stop watching super rugby stuff....

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CT June 11, 2011 9:27 pm

Im not going to start to guess whats was running through Horan's mind and whether or not it was intentional, or call him dirty or scum from the safety of my computer screen cause i wouldn't say it to his face, (im bad enough looking without getting more scars!).

As for BOD, this video shows what most people who objectively follow rugby have seen for over a decade, that he simply is one of the best of all time. After all he was awarded player of the decade by some magazine.

And at the risk of adding fuel to the fire, to the guy that would prefer Jaque Fourie to BOD, that's a bit ridiculous. I have a lot of respect for Darcy but lets face it, he doesn't complement BOD that well, but if BOD was SA and playing outside JDV i don't think Fourie would even get a look in.

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James June 11, 2011 9:59 pm

He's a great player, but clearly everyone has their own opinion. And quite obviously, the Irish (and even possibly British) have stronger opinions on it than others.

To those outside of those shores, BOD is a great player that's stood out in a fairly mediocre international team for the last 10 or whatever years. That doesnt mean he's not good, that just means that of course he's the messiah when the biggest thing Ireland have achieved is a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009 (if Stephen Jones' kick had an extra meter on it, it would have been just a championship).

Ireland can not beat the big three consistently, and in fact have never, ever beaten one of them. The wins they do have, are at home. So yes, BOD will always stand out as the hero of the piece, and he is pure quality, without a doubt. I do however think that your views on him are slightly clouded by the things I've mentioned above.

I mean no disrespect, but my opinion is that in some parts, he's hailed as the almighty holy one just a little too much.

Legend of rugby, yes. Greatest back to ever play the game? Very debatable.

(FYI - I only commented because I feel that some of the things said here are incorrect. I'm not aiming to cause offence)

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Anonymous June 11, 2011 11:03 pm

Class act

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Reality June 12, 2011 1:07 am

James, I see where you're coming from, but you're essentially criticising O'Driscoll because of the team he plays for. I mean no matter how good a player is he can't win games and championships all by himself.

If Ireland haven't had a lot of success in international rugby you can't really blame him. On the contrary, the fact that he plays for a losing team but has still managed to have such a presence on the pitch and has built such a reputation signals that he's in fact very good.

People can say that for example Mils Muliaina is a great player, but a big factor in that is that he plays on the world's best team, surrounded by excellent players, so whatever he does he'll look impressive. BOD doesn't have this. Everything he's done has been without such a support network around him, and so I'd consider him to be great. A diamond in the rough so to speak.

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Anonymous June 12, 2011 4:45 am

Class act, any rugby player can learn positive skills by watching the guy play. In my books thats all that matters, who cares what country the guy comes from or what team he plays for. You don't choose your nationality and most rugby players tend to stick to one club for their career, showing loyalty to the club that invested in them as a youngster which should be respected.

At the end of the day if your great, your great regardless of anything else like nationality etc. however, like some of the people on here kindly prove for me with their negative inputs. If you are narrow minded and stupid, that also doesn't hinge on any of these things. Those are the only two groups of people in the world.

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Jones June 12, 2011 5:20 am

Lol, Jaque Fourie did more in 20 minutes on the field than BOD did in the whole Lions Tour.

Jaque Fourie = Current King.

It is a known fact that Danie Gerber is the best center of all time. He was deprived of many more games because of Apartheid but still easily score a 1:1 ratio of tries for the number of tests he played.

The Irish must always pump up whatever they have because they're genuinely losers.

From a welshman.

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You're only a burkin June 12, 2011 10:55 am

Yeah nice one Jones, you're defo welsh.

Not at all as if you're trying to pretend your Welsh by picking the name Jones! I wouldnt plan on starting an acting career if i were you ;)

(By the way, you can pick the username Paddy and criticize BOD too and pretend you're Irish)

The Welsh people are gods of the rugby world, despite their current team. The population know a world class player when they see one (perhaps wy they criticize their team so much ho-hey!) and don't follow South african rugby that much (You know a suprising amount {van der} Jones).

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Anonymous June 12, 2011 11:38 am

Even if he is welsh iits a bit rich calling irish people genuinely losers when ur population has benn sitting on their arses since the coal mines closed

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Madflyhalf June 12, 2011 2:11 pm

I met him in Bologna 2 days ago (he was on holiday)!!!

Nice, funny and enjoyable guy, we talk for 15 minutes along with my team mates of wines, food, and horrible weather here in Italy...


About what he does on the pitch... well BOD rhymes with GOD.

What else?

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Anonymous June 12, 2011 2:37 pm

so... many... haters

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Anonymous June 12, 2011 4:09 pm

See the funny thing about this comment section is its full of "i only love my country" try hards...

Jamie talks about "irish and possibly british having strong views" when thats complete horseshit.

if anyone who likes rugby thinks bod is average or wouldnt walk into "their" team is in serious denial about bods abilities.

the fact is Ireland has had some "good" players but there have always been weak links and so instead of saying bod looks better surrounded by them think of him in a decent team....

or better still dont be a cunt

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katman June 12, 2011 4:21 pm

Jeez, I love watching O'Driscol when he's on form as much as anyone, but the way these old commentators jizz their pants every time they mention his name is not very dignified. You can hear the shudder every time.

Oh, and Gerber was the best ever in the 13 jersey by several country miles. Of the current crop, I'd say Fourie and O'Driscol lead the pack - each offering a totally different set of skills, but both deadly.

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BAH, FUMBLE-UG June 12, 2011 4:38 pm

You can't exactly compare Amateur era players to professional ones. Professional players would rip apart amateur ones - Simply down to dedicated training (Sonny Bill Will, Carter, Dusautoir, BOD dont have to work as a milkman on the side of playing internationals) which enhances their skills.

Based on that Gerber probably wouldnt be able to touch BOD. I havent seen the guy play, so i'd be basing my assumption on word of mouth.

I've watched all the rugby i can get, and i know for a fact Gerber played only provincial rugby and a few internationals. Based on that, i'd say only south africans have seen him play? Brings in a bit of bias, but all nations do that, i've even convinced myself that Keith Earls is the best utility back in the world! Although James O'Conner may want a few worlds with me their.

Regardless of nationality, regardless of opinion, only one centre (Not a winger, not a full back) is on the top try scoring record list. And that isnt Fourie, or Smith.

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Anonymous June 12, 2011 6:18 pm

jesus some people are so angry here for no reason!
BOD is a great, full stop.

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Anonymous June 12, 2011 6:42 pm

118 test caps (75 as captain), 45 test tries (more than ANY other centre, EVER), 6 nations all time top try scorer, 2nd highet try scorer in heineken cup history, 3 times nominated irb player of the year (and we all know he should have won it in 2009), 6 nations player of the year 2006 2007 2009, grand slam winning captain, double heineken cup winner, rugby world magazine player of the decade, and named on heineken cup all time best starting 15

These are the facts, nobody can argue with that! And SH people complaining, watch him make a fool out of Jean De Villiers here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCERIFXj1c0

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Will June 12, 2011 10:21 pm

'It is a known fact that Danie Gerber is the best center of all time'. Statements like that lose someone all credibility - it is completely subjective as to who is the best centre of all time, don't try and impose your views on others.

Please, can everyone just grow up and stop having these 'my view's better than yours rants'? What good is it going to do over the internet? This site would be so much more enjoyable without the childish bickering.

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mise June 12, 2011 11:32 pm

wow - i thought we'd all moved on from the hating BOD posts. But I guess the first few were v v positive, which then unleashed the hounds of hate.

But yea, its is difficult to know who exactly is the best centre, like, eva!

Can't really compare professional and amateur eras.

In professional, its difficult to compare guys who play for poor teams (esp international) and those who play for great teams.

Obvious example of this is Sergio Parisse. and like BOD, he can't choose his country, but ends up at a good club because he's so good (like Best or Giggs in soccer, if u'll allow a different code comparison)

All u can do in these situations is look to the club performance in particular, where they have equal level peers.

And on this, BOD has been incredible. Especially in the last 4 years ,thou his overall long term consistency is one of the things that sets him apart. How many others have been around 10 years at the very very top?

His game is different now to how it was -now his defence marshalling and positioning has made Leinster and Ireland harder to penetrate at midfield. His breakdown work is incredible (new interperation of rules hasn't helped him - he was an animal in the breakdown in 2009)
And the way he has brought in the flip passes and (usually!) decent kicking in recent years is also great to see. All rounder. V brave and good decision maker too as has been noted.

And in reality he's been injured the last 2 cup games he's played - shouldn't have been been on the pitch in the first place!

I'm not sure there's been a better NH centre than him. Can't say I've seen enough of the club game in the SH to make a judgement.

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mise June 12, 2011 11:36 pm

"well done felix jones for holding back Luke Fitzgerald" classic line.

Also to be fair to RD folks, they did ask for alternative clips featuring munster notable play on their facebook page, but didn't receive much feedback.

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Anonymous June 13, 2011 10:39 am

As a Munster man I have to say what a cheap shot by Marcus Horan and one he should not be proud of .........he now lacks the skill , strength and intelligence for top class rugby and has to resort to cheap shots and if to make it worse when he was later cleared out of a ruck he played up like a big girls blouse.
Brian O Driscoll stands up there alone as the best rugby player Ireland has ever produced ......no arguement

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Anonymous June 13, 2011 7:08 pm

^Another Ladyboy trying to pass himself off. Fucking clown.

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SharkAttack June 13, 2011 7:40 pm

I dont think anyone can truely claim that O'Driscoll is not one of the best centres in the world at playing his game. As was Gerber, as is Fouie, as is conrad smith or guscott. True rugby fans appreciate him.

However, as for a pairing with sonny bill "flavour of the month" williams - lol that he is put in the same divisions. Jean de Villers at 12 is worth 3 SBWs

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ciaran June 13, 2011 10:55 pm

Actually to that Parise could have chosen 2 country's. Italy or Argentina since he was born in there.

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bunny sill ramsbotto June 13, 2011 11:05 pm

one of the main differences between BOD and SBW is that no one knows who u are talking about when u say SBW :-)

No really, its endurance. Will SBW be able to adapt, year on year, his game as his opponents figure his style out? How will he cope when players swarm towards him every time he's near the ball?

Then we'll know if he's just good or great.

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I hate ppl who write June 14, 2011 7:44 am

would just like to reiterate, O'Driscoll as an individual has all the stats on his side, as no. of caps, tries etc.

Gerber is in the hall of fame after just 24 test gmes which can be seen as an achievement in itself, but it's also not purely based on his rugby.
I will say that he finished his career in Italy where he once scored 20tries in one game, great stuff...now lets look at who BOD has to play against week in week out and maybe we'll realise that they're worlds apart.

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Anonymous June 15, 2011 10:44 pm

Partnership with Sonny Bill?

When Sonny was 14 years old playing in the back garden, O'Driscoll was scoring hatricks against the French!

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Anonymous June 17, 2011 4:11 pm

Brian O Driscoll has been pulling this fake "Oh I'm on the ground injured, please help me. OK, I'll play on for the good of the team" bullshit for years now. Almost every important game he falls to the ground, gets attention and gets up and plays on. It's getting a bit tedious. Fair dues to Horan for not stooping to his level when Houdini Kneeslip tried to take his head off earlier on in the game.

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Anonymous June 17, 2011 10:05 pm

Hahaha, good joke anonymous.

If its all a joke then who gives a shit... he gets up and plays on... so who is actually affected?!?

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ciaran June 17, 2011 11:48 pm

He gets up cause he has a set plays through concussions and injury's for Ireland and Leinster. He puts his body on the line the man has spirit and i respect that.

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Anonymous June 18, 2011 5:57 am

BOD is the best player the northern hemisphere has ever produced, sonny bill has yet to prove himself against a good international centre partnership. I doubt he'll even get the nod against the french, dont think graham henry would risk it tbh. If O'driscoll was in the new zealand team he would be top try scorer of all time.

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pj james December 15, 2011 3:04 pm

I Found Myself In Love with the game. Moved from the Land of Little or No Rugby-They Know It would Destroy their NFL------I Spend Whole Days Here Trying To Get A good understanding. Mission Accomplished. Thanks RD And Commentors.

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WelshFanatic March 27, 2012 1:12 am

O'Driscoll, the man!

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