Brian O’Driscoll ended his international career on a title-winning note when Ireland beat France 22-20 in the final round of matches to win the Six Nations rugby championship for the first time in five years on Saturday.
Flyhalf Jonathan Sexton scored two tries and hit seven points with the boot while Andrew Trimble also crossed over as Ireland’s victory at the Stade de France put them above England on points difference.
Although O’Driscoll, who earned 141 caps, didn’t add to his record 26 championship tries on the night he was over the moon to end his career with the title.
He said: “It’s a lovely way to be able to finish out in this jersey that I’ve had so much fun in over the last 15 years. I feel very grateful to be able to finish, to be able to go out on this real high.”
England thrashed Italy in Rome earlier in the day to finish in second place.
Outgoing champions Wales were third following their record 51-3 mauling of Scotland.
France were fourth, Scotland fifth while Italy picked up the wooden spoon for the ninth time.