DUBLIN, Ireland -- Brian O'Driscoll put on a show to remember in his last home test by spearheading Ireland to a 46-7 win over Italy at Lansdowne Road on Saturday and setting up their Six Nations closer in Paris next week as the title decider.
Beat France in a week, and Ireland will likely win its first Six Nations since 2009. It leads the standings with a huge points differential of plus 81.
That will be O'Driscoll's final bow in an illustrious 15-year international career. At home on Saturday, he gave Irish fans a brilliant goodbye.
He played for only 62 minutes, walking off to a standing ovation, but had a hand in three of Ireland's four tries by then.
After he left, Ireland would score three more tries as Italy tired in having to make more than 200 tackles.