18 Jan 2013

Heaslip takes over Ireland captaincy from O'Driscoll

8:19 am on 18 January 2013

The end is nearing for rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll's long and illustrious career.

The centre turns 34 next week and his 10-year reign as Ireland skipper has ended.

Number 8 Jamie Heaslip will take over from this year's Six Nations competition, drawing the national team's longest captaincy to a close.

O'Driscoll led Ireland on a record 83 occasions, more than twice as many times as anyone else.