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O'Driscoll hails degree honour

Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll etched another entry on his glittering CV today when he was awarded an honorary degree in Belfast.

It was gown and mortar board instead of boots and gumshield for the retired star as he was recognised for services to sport by Queen's University.

Former Irish captain O'Driscoll, who was capped 133 times for his country and on eight occasions for the British and Irish Lions, said his latest accolade was an "enormous honour".

Ireland's highest ever try scorer, who has swapped playing for TV punditry since his retirement last season, said: "I am delighted to be receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University Belfast.

"Queen's has a great sporting tradition and as one of the UK and Ireland's leading universities, they have always been at the forefront of sporting provision and opportunities.

"To receive this recognition from such a prestigious university is a considerable honour."

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