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Saturday 21 October 2017

Brian O'Driscoll pipping Roy Keane in book battle

Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll

Rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll is scoring highest against Roy Keane in the battle of the biographies.

In December, BOD claimed the coveted Christmas number 1 spot with The Test outselling Keano's The Second Half by almost 3,500 copies in Ireland.

However, the latest official figures released from Nielsen Bookscan reveal that both have sold more than 56,000 tomes so far.

The new sales data shows that just over 700 copies separate the sporting heroes with O'Driscoll ahead.

The 35-year-old Grand Slam winner, who released his book on October 23 last year, has racked up sales of 56,721.

Meanwhile, the Irish assistant boss has hit 56,072 sales since its release on October 9.

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Estimates suggest O'Driscoll's The Test has taken in a colossal €1.1m in revenue while The Second Half has grossed over €1m.

While Keane is well ahead of O'Driscoll in UK sales, the Dubliner is outselling some of his UK counterparts on their own turf.

Figures show that The Test is selling five times as many copies as former Lions Captain Sam Warburton's book, Lions Triumphant - The Captain's Story.

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