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Titles, tries and tears: The best pictures from Brian O'Driscoll's final year in rugby

Any chance of another year, BOD?

2014 SAW THE retirement of one of Ireland’s great ever sportspeople in Brian O’Driscoll. His final year couldn’t have gone much better from a silverware point of view, with 6 Nations and Pro12 medals being added to the centre’s sizeable haul of accolades.

To mark the end of the year, we put together the best pictures from Brian O’Driscoll’s memorable 2014.

Joe Schmidt barks orders at O’Driscoll and the rest of the Irish backline

Joe Schmidt with Brian O'Driscoll, Jonathan Sexton and Gordon D'Arcy Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Brian O’Driscoll leaves the field after his last international home game against Italy

Brian O'Driscoll leaves the pitch after the game Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Moments earlier he had thrown this delicious offload before being substituted in an emotional moment

Brian O'Driscoll and Leonardo Ghiraldini Source: Colm O'Neill/INPHO

Brian O'Driscoll is substituted Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

O’Driscoll after breaking the record for most international caps after the Italy game

IrelandÕs Brian OÕDriscoll who received a cap for his world record of 140 caps at the IRFU dinner after the match

O’Driscoll made a trademark burst in the build-up to Ireland’s second try in the 6 Nations decider against France

Brian O'Driscoll with Mathieu Bastareaud Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Two of Ireland’s greatest warriors celebrate the winning of the 6 Nations in Paris

Paul O'Connell and Brian O'Driscoll celebrate after the game Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

O’Driscoll couldn’t contain himself at the final whistle

Brian O'Driscoll celebrates at the final whistle Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

His last act in the green jersey

Paul O'Connell and Brian O'Driscoll lift the trophy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Champagne everywhere in the changing room afterwards

Brian O'Driscoll celebrates winning

A no doubt hungover O’Driscoll with the 6 Nations trophy

Brian O'Driscoll 16/3/2014 Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

BOD was even happy to get in a few selfies

Brian O'Driscoll Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

The lads looked sharp in grey

Jack McGrath, Ian Madigan and Brian O'Driscoll arrive Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

He also paid a visit to Temple Street Children’s Hospital with one last piece of silverware

Amber O'Rourke with Brian O'Driscoll Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

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O’Driscoll was also given the Freedom of the City of Dublin

Brian O'Driscoll Source: James Crombie/INPHO

He got over for a try in his final derby against Munster

Brian O'Driscoll scores a try Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

His last ever Heineken Cup game ended in defeat at the quarter-final stage against Toulon

Brian O'Driscoll Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

His travelling fans were as gutted as he was

Dejected Brian O'Driscoll fans after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

That game also served as a European ‘loser leaves town’ match between O’Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson

Brian O'Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

His final year gave him plenty of opportunities to soldier alongside long-time centre partner Gordon D’Arcy

Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

A collectors item for any BOD fan

General view of Brian O'Driscoll scarfs Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The expectations were high for the Pro12 final against Glasgow at the RDS, which was his last game as a professional

General view of Brian O'Driscoll's jersey before the game Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

But an early injury forced him off a rugby pitch for the last time

Brian O'Driscoll goes off injured Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

However, he still got to go out as a winner once again

Ian Madigan and Cian Healy carry Brian O'Driscoll after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Now O’Driscoll has other things to concentrate on, like his wife Amy Huberman and their two children, Sadie and Billy

Brian O'Driscoll with his wife Amy Huberman Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

He’s also turned into a radio shock-jock on Newstalk

Brian O'Driscoll Source: Steve Langan/INPHO

Brought out an autobiography

Brian O'Driscoll with a copy of his new book The Test Source: Steve Langan/INPHO

And joined the dark forces of BT’s banter brigade

David Wallace shares a joke with Brian O'Driscoll and Lawrence Dallaglio before the match Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Not bad for a centre that used to look like a prop

Brian O'Driscoll 4/12/1999 Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

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