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Immortalise this: 13 possible poses for a Brian O’Driscoll statue

How do you picture Ireland’s record try-scorer in your mind’s eye?

Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

ALMOST 5,000 PEOPLE have already ‘liked’ their way onto a petition to immortalise Ireland’s greatest ever centre in a solid bust.

The Facebook page, Motion to erect a statue of Brian O’Driscoll on Grafton Street, argues:

“‘Phil Lynott, Molly Malone and even Sir John Gray have statues erected on the streets of Dublin..” and it can count the IRFU among those who have clicked the thumbs up button.

So, it’s settled then?

All we need to decide on now is a material – granite would be suitable, perhaps bronze after the chemical reaction makes it green – and a pose.

Here’s 13 stances we think may suit.

Hat-trick BOD

Although, that extra jersey material from our last win in Paris could double the cost of any work commissioned.

©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ill-fated O’Driscoll

‘Don’t go into that ruck, Drico.’

©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Bodman?

Potential spoiler alert for anyone who didn’t make it to the end of The Dark Knight Rises, but we loved this head-bowed, cloaked tribute to selflessly heroic figure.

Credit Bat-Blog.com.

Aurelien Rougerie BOD

But that hair doesn’t need a statue. It’s already imprinted in our national consciousness.

©INPHO/Andrew Paton

Alternative career Brian

A technically superior cameraman.

©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ambassadorial BOD

‘Whaddya mean, you’re out of Powerade?’

©INPHO/Kate Mullen

The rucking centre

Is his finest work done without the ball? He’d be no less recognisable if he were arched over a tackled player, forcing a turnover or penalty.

©INPHO/Billy Stickland

The all-rounder

He’s never shy in helping his fly-half control territory. And, In the really big games, he loves a drop goal.

©INPHO/Graham Stuart

Beach-bod BOD

Alternative title: Point Break Brian.

©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Dric-torius

Part one.

©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Part two.

©INPHO/Billy Stickland

The impossible-made-possible, by Brian O’Driscoll

Part one.

©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Part two.

©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Any other suggestions or Brian O’Driscoll memories, please let us know.

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