Wednesday 28 June 2017

'Get over it' - Former All Black brings up infamous spear tackle on Brian O'Driscoll

All Blacks' Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga spear tackled the Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll causing a shoulder dislocation during the 2005 Lions Tour
All Blacks' Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga spear tackled the Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll causing a shoulder dislocation during the 2005 Lions Tour

Harry Clarke

Former All Black John Kirwan has brought up Tana Umaga's infamous spear tackle on Brian O'Driscoll, claiming the former Irish captain has not yet gotten over the incident.

Former Ireland and Leinster captain O’Driscoll took to Twitter last week to slam the decision to clear All Black prop Owen Franks of any wrongdoing after he was alleged to have eye-gouged Australia lock Kane Douglas in the Bledisloe Cup.

Franks looked to have made contact with the eyes of former Leinster second row Kane Douglas.

However, the governing body, SANZAAR, deemed there to have been no untoward conduct from Franks, despite footage emerging that appears to completely contradict the finding, and All Black coach Steve Hansen commended the decision.

O'Driscoll tweeted: "This is an absolute sham @WorldRugby ???! Makes a mockery of citing. If nothing comes of this it's a farce. https://twitter.com/rugbyheaven/status/769802065363234816 …."

Speaking on SKY Sport NZ show, The Breakdown, Kirwan said: “I still love you Brian, but I think you’re still upset about what happened when Tana didn’t get weeks.

“And you don’t like New Zealanders because you went down to Australia and you didn’t actually make that final side..

“He’s totally wrong with that. The judge was there for that, the decision was made. Get over it.”

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