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Lions get a feel for a truly dangerous sport

Published 20/06/2013 | 11:38

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 20:  George North, who has been selected to play for the Lions in the first test against the Wallabies, tries his hand at hurling during the British and Irish Lions training session held at the Anglican Church Grammar School on June 20, 2013 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
George North enjoys his hurling lesson
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 20:  Paul O'Connell, who has been selected to play for the Lions in the first test against the Wallabies, tries his hand at hurling during the British and Irish Lions training session held at the Anglican Church Grammar School on June 20, 2013 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Paul O'Connell
20 June 2013; Mako Vunipola, British & Irish Lions, at squad training following the team announcement ahead of their 1st test match against Australia on Saturday. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013, Squad Training. Anglican Church Grammar School, Oaklands Parade, East Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Mako Vunipola

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.

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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.

Irish Independent

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