Brian O’Driscoll closed out his international career in fine style. The center helped Ireland win the 2014 Six Nations title and pulled on a pair of custom adidas rugby cleats to say goodbye in.
Phew! Worked out ok! Thanks for all the messages of support. Unreal feeling. Not easy taking this off for last time pic.twitter.com/Sq89BdLOnw
— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) March 15, 2014
The cleat is one-of-a-kind and looks first rate. The upper is a dark collegiate blue with gold and green details. The sole makes its own statement with a similar dark collegiate blue and gold base with the studs tipped out in silver and green.
O’Driscoll had his hand in on the design. O’Driscoll wrote out the initials ‘A&S’ for his wife Amy and daughter Sadie which was embroidered above his number 13 and the initials of his last name ’13OB’. The placement of the numbers in the customization makes the 13 almost look like a ‘B’ and a play on his BOD nickname.
The outside of the collar has embroidered ‘Leinster Ad Astra’ which is latin for ‘Leinster to the stars’ on 1 side and ‘FACE’ on the other side.
— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) March 7, 2014
Ireland and O’Driscoll took care of business in both matches with a 46-7 win over Italy at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 8 and a tense 22-20 win over France at the Stade de France in Paris on March 15.
The 35-year-old announced himself on the international stage 14 years ago. After earning a handful of caps, he showcased his true potential with a hat-trick of tries against France at Stade de France in the 2000 Six Nations. Supporters adopted the phrase posting on t-shirts and posters ‘In BoD We Trust.’
Since the end of 2002, O’Driscoll has been in adidas footwear. Prior to his custom boot, the center was pulling on the adidas Incurza TRX SG II. They offer him a lightweight boot that still has enough power and control.
He regularly wore the adidas 9:15 silo in his early years.
The influence of BOD for Ireland was seen early. Former Ireland international Keith Wood said this to The Telegraph’s Brendan Gallagher about a young O’Driscoll; “That fella’s the future. He will end up as the greatest ever player from this island. Come and meet Brian O’Driscoll, you will be spending half a lifetime writing about him.”
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This is not the first time he was worn a custom pair of cleats from adidas, however. He was given this pair of 9 15 cleats for Ireland’s match against you guessed it France in the 2003 Six Nations. He also was presented a custom cleat for his 100th cap.