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Greatest hits: Brian O'Driscoll's finest international tries away from home

Ireland’s record try-scorer has one last chance to add to his list in Paris on Saturday.

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THIS SATURDAY, BRIAN O’Driscoll will make his 141st and final appearance as an international rugby player.

Of course, Leinster fans can enjoy the long goodbye for just a little longer, but the rest of the world will look to Paris to catch one last glimpse of a true legend of the world game.

Last week, we brought you His finest moments on home soil, but it’s arguably his feats outside of Ireland that have done most to forge the legend of BOD on World Rugby.

21 of his 47 international tries have come away from home and here are our favourites.

2001: Australia v Lions

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2003: Italy v Ireland

O’Driscoll is very much a great try-scorer, rather than a scorer of great tries. Here’s one  of a host of clinical close-range finishes.

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2003: Australia v Ireland

An iconic moment as O’Driscoll somehow squeezes into the tightest of gaps to score an impossible try. T’was all in the gloves.

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2004: South Africa v Ireland

In the months that followed a landmark Triple Crown victory, O’Driscoll’s acceleration was probably at its peak on the hard ground in the highveld.

Percy Montgomery is probably lucky to get out of the way of the oncoming BOD train.

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2006: New Zealand v Ireland

Back from the shoulder injury suffered with the Lions, O’Driscoll finishes off a beautiful first-phase play that was typical of Eddie O’Sullivan’s Ireland.

The flat pass from Ronan O’Gara completely fools Ma’a Nonu and BOD has the acceleration to make Jo Rokocoko’s split-second hesitation a costly one.

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2007: Wales v Ireland

Five metres, two defenders. No problem.

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2007: Argentina v Ireland

A lot of anger in this one as he attempts to ignite an unlikely late charge at the World Cup.

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2009: Italy v Ireland

It’s an intercept try, sure, but this is BOD at full flight and at the peak of his powers.

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2009: Wales v Ireland

Grand Slam at stake and Ireland emerge for the second half trailing 6  - 0. It’s not pretty, but it’s the turning point that led to Ireland ending the 61 year wait.

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2000: France v Ireland

Believe.

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