Sunday 25 September 2016

'It was beautiful' - Keith Wood on Brian O'Driscoll beating the crap out of Austin Healy

Published 03/02/2016 | 22:15

Keith Wood and Brian O'Driscoll telling the story of how BOD beat up Austin Healy on the 2001 Lions Tour will make you smile.

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Duncan McCrae viciously attacked Ronan O'Gara during the Lions' game with the New South Wales Waratahs in 2001 in an incident which left the tourists very aggrieved.

When England's Austin Healy began poking fun at a swollen and brusied ROG, a young O'Driscoll snapped and beat the lard out of him.

We've heard the story but listen to Keith Wood tell it and smile.

"I have to say it is one of my favourite Lions memories. You look at him now and he's got a little soft face on him. It was after Duncan McCrae beat the crap out of ROG. It was lunacy, he just absolutely lost it," Keith Wood told Off The Ball on Newstalk.

"Austin came in and he was being an unbelievable pain in the a**e. I mean beyond all belief. He was touching ROG's face and saying 'c'mom Rog, let's have a little boxing match.,, c'mon c'mon'.

"ROG just said 'p**s off, just leave me alone, get away from me' and then suddenly this little voice peeps in... 'I'll have a bit of that,' says Drico and they put on a pair of boxing gloves and Drico beat the living crap out of him."

Here's O'Driscoll's version of events

"I could see there was a vulnerability and you have those things in camp when something happens and then people make a joke about it and say 'too soon, too soon', well it was too soon. It was still too raw," he said

"I might have been a young lad. I just thought that's not on and I said it before I really knew what I was doing.

"I could tell that people were all all on one person's side and that included all the English players.

"It was one of those outer-body moments when you suddenly realise that you have a little bit of boxing technique.

"I started landing some shots and he started getting frustrated and started throwing haymakers. I ducked them and I was catching him with little kidney punches.

"It was one of those dream situation where I called it quits at the right time as well. The chances were he was going to land one so I said, 'listen Austin you have a game at the weekend and i can't have you going out with your own cut eye'."

After hearing the story, Wood couldn't help adding: "It was beautiful actually, absolutely beautiful."

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