At least an Irishman did pick up one gong at last night’s World Rugby Awards in London.
While New Zealand’s Dan Carter was honoured with the top prize – player of the year – former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll was recognised for his services to the game as he received a special merit award.
O’Driscoll played a whopping 141 Tests for his country and the Lions between 1999 and 2014. Australian Nathan White also scooped a special merit award alongside O’Driscoll.
It seems a good night was had by all with O’Driscoll taking to Twitter to say: “Quote of the night to @NathanSharpe5 – after 6 weeks in the UK my liver feels like @pocockdavid’s face looks!.”
O’Driscoll added: “He’s (Nathan White) been a real champion of the game, a great guy but a phenomenal player so to be able to share a moment like that with a player of his calibre makes it more special.”
And on this year’s tournament, O’Driscoll said: “It’s been an exceptional tournament. I’ve been involved in four myself and this definitely looks as though, from every perspective, that it’s eclipsed all of those.”