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Friday 24 March 2017

Brian O'Driscoll reveals how he drew 'a bit of blood' after a training ground punch-up with a Leinster team-mate

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Brian O'Driscoll was known for his skill on the rugby pitch as well as his toughness in the tackle, but it is increasingly clear that he could more than handle himself when required to trade blows.

The former Ireland captain has previously told a hilarious story about beating on Austin Healey when they put on boxing gloves during the 2001 Lions Tour and tonight O'Driscoll and a former team-mate told a not too dissimilar tale.

Fergus McFadden joined O'Driscoll on Newstalk's Off The Ball this evening and the duo revealed that they traded punches after the wing repeatedly blocked off his captain in a training match.

By the sounds of it, O'Driscoll won a unanimous decision.

"I think I blocked Brian, and we went on a bit of a run, scoring afterwards," McFadden said.

"Then he just kind of said 'if you do that again, I'm going to hit you a dig'. Of course I didn't learn my lesson, and I did it again. We just squared up to each other and he threw one, and I threw a couple of handbags back, and then we got pulled away. I had a small gash around my eye. But that's just training ground stuff." 

O'Driscoll then admitted that he cut McFadden open with one of his punches, which he admits wasn't his finest moment.

"Then I started feeling bad and I saw a little bit of blood and I thought 'oh God, that's unnecessary," O'Driscoll said.

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