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Snapshot: Brian O'Driscoll 'milks' the applause after leaving team waiting on squad photo

‘We were just cold, waiting on him to get out there’, joked Jamie Heaslip.

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL EXPERIENCED his first round of applause of many coming this weekend at today’s Captain’s Run at the Aviva Stadium.

It was not a planned guard of honour, though, insists Jamie Heaslip, merely tongue-in-cheek recognition of the poor time-keeping which kept the centre in the dressing room until last.

Brian O'Driscoll receives a round of applause from teammates as he arrives for the team photograph Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

“I think he was just milking it there, to be honest,” says Heaslip.

“We were just cold, waiting on him to get out so we could take the picture.

“I’m sure it will be an emotional day for him and his family. He’s given so much for Ireland and his teammates. I’ve been lucky to be his teammate for eight years. I kind of feel privileged to have played so many games with him.”

Brian O'Driscoll receives a round of applause from teammates as he arrives late for the team photograph Source: James Crombie/INPHO

So, will it be an emotional day for the rest of the players?

“No, I’m not really a crying kind of guy.”

We’ll see, Jamie. We’ll see.

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