Lions get a feel for a truly dangerous sport
Published 20/06/2013 | 11:38
It's nice to see the likes of Paul O'Connell, George North and Owen Farrell revelling in the most dangerous and quickest field sport in the world.... hurling.
As the British and Irish Lions prepare to go battle with the Wallabies they swapped the tackle bags and scrummaging machines for hurleys and a sliotar.
The team unwinded after a tough training with a puck-about that allowed the non-Irish tourists to get a taste of our national sport.
It was the big Limerick man, Paul O'Connell, who was introducing his team mates to the ins and outs of the ancient game clutching the hurl like a young Cuchulainn.
Brian O'Driscoll even demonstrated the correct technique to use when catching a sliotar over your head to avoid your hand being broken into bits.
O'Driscoll, O'Connell, Jamie Heaslip and Jonathan Sexton will start for the Lions against the Wallabies on Saturday morning. The other Irish players on tour including Sean O'Brien and Simon Zebo have failed to make the bench.