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Irish rugby star receives honorary degree from Queen's University

Brian O'Driscoll at graduation ceremony at Queen's University Belfast Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption Brian O'Driscoll is the latest sports personality to be honoured by Queen's University Belfast

One of Ireland's greatest ever rugby players has received an honorary degree from Queen's University Belfast.

Former Ireland, and British and Irish Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll was given an honorary doctorate for services to sport.

O'Driscoll was capped 133 times for his country and played eight test matches for the Lions over four tours.

O'Driscoll is the highest international try scorer of all time in Irish rugby history.

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Image caption The Ireland rugby international swapped his rugby kit for a mortar board and gown at the ceremony on Wednesday

He scored 46 tries for Ireland and one try for the British and Irish Lions in 2001.

He swapped his rugby kit for a mortarboard to join the list of honorary graduates from the university.

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Image caption O'Driscoll was capped 133 times for Ireland and played eight test matches for the British and Irish Lions over four tours

Among those who have been awarded the accolade include singer Katie Melua, broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough and gold-medal winning paralympian Michael McKillop.

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Image caption Brian O'Driscoll is the highest international try scorer of all time in Irish rugby history

O'Driscoll received the award at a ceremony on Wednesday.

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