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Ryan ConfidentialRTÉ One, Thursday, 10.15pm

Brian O'Driscoll

In the first episode of the fourth series of "Ryan Confidential", Gerry Ryan meets Brian O'Driscoll - Ireland's rugby Captain. Since his first game for Ireland in 1999, Brian has established himself as a player of world class. He has led Ireland to unprecedented success, but he has also had his share of personal setbacks - notably, the infamous "spear tackle" which robbed the British and Irish Lions of their Captain less than a minute into the First Test against New Zealand.

But Brian has sometimes seemed to attract as much attention off the pitch as on it - he has become a public figure who features almost as often in the social columns as he does in the sports pages. In this candid interview, Brian discusses both his private and his public life.

On the first Ireland side that he played for: "There were some fantastic players, but it was an Irish side that seemed used to losing a lot more than winning".

On the "Spear Tackle":
"I have to give myself peace of mind by believing that these are two genuine guys who didn't mean to do it. How can I not believe great players, whom I've admired for so many years, when they tell me that they didn't mean to do it? I'd like to believe that, if the roles were reversed, they would take my word in the same way."

Brian O'Driscoll