Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll lifts the championship trophy after the RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, WalesDavid Davies/PA

Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll has been voted the top player of the 2009 RBS Six Nations for his leading his country to the Grand Slam.

Former internationals Jason Leonard (England), Keith Wood (Ireland), David Sole (Scotland), Ieuan Evans (Wales), Philippe St Andre (France) and Alessandro Moscardi (Italy) selected the shortlist, which was then voted on by supporters online.

O’Driscoll beat Italy back-row Sergio Parisse, and Ireland lock Paul O'Connell to the award, with England full-back Delon Armitage, Welsh counterpart Lee Byrne, and Ireland back-row Jamie Heaslip also nominated.

It is the third time O'Driscoll has won the player award, having been voted RBS Player of the Championship in both 2006 and 2007. 

“To be voted best player by the fans makes it special," said O'Driscoll.

"I am really proud of our team effort right the way through the tournament and I would not be in this position if it was not for my team-mates.

"The support of the fans throughout our campaign has been unwavering and a huge part of the team's success."