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09th Apr 2020

Brian O’Driscoll makes simple yet incredibly kind gesture for 92-year-old fan

James Fenton

Brian O’Driscoll earned a lot of love on the pitch throughout his career but it’s small gestures like this one that really secure his sound man status.

In a period where rugby players Sean O’Brien and Ronan O’Gara have won praise for their kind gestures throughout the Covid-19 crisis, Ireland’s record try-scorer Brian O’Driscoll has proven he has a heart of gold as well.

Former England centre Will Carling came up with an idea for people with elderly relatives in isolation get in touch so that he can arrange a chat with their favourite rugby stars and a person responded by the name of Marie McGuckin. Marie posted ‘My dad’s at home isolating because of his health condition and he’s nearly 92. He would love to hear from Brian O’Driscoll because he such a fan of Brian and Irish rugby. His name is Willie.’

The request was posted last night and sure enough the first thing this morning, BOD got in touch, writing: ‘DM me is number and I’ll give him a call. Does he do FaceTime/WhatsApp?’

His tweet has since been flooded with praise with everyone recognising how such a simple gesture can go a long way throughout what is a very lonely time for some members of the community. Marie herself could hardly contain her excitement, posting: ‘OMG! Brian O’Driscoll is going to phone my dad. What a legend!!’

Anyone who follows his other half Amy Huberman on Insta will know that BOD has taken to painting, baking and other odd jobs throughout all this so to find time to reach out to members of the community is even more impressive.

Brian O’Driscoll, a true legend on and off the pitch.

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