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Brian O’Driscoll’s final farewell cruelly cut short by injury

The RDS was rising to applaud the great centre much earlier than anyone wanted or expected.

HERE’S THE MOMENT when (what Brian O’Driscoll himself calls) The Long Goodbye came to an end.

A calf injury scuppered Brian O’Driscoll’s plans of playing a full part in a trophy-winning team.

And the world’s most-capped rugby player was forced tell the Leinster team doctor he was unable to continue after just eight minutes of the RaboDirect Pro12 Grand Final against Glasgow at the RDS.

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