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O'Driscoll stars in last home test as Ireland wallops Italy

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The Canadian Press
3/8/2014 11:48:13 AM
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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.

Brian O'Driscoll (Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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