Tuesday 17 October 2017

Lions prop Mako Vunipola explains how he ended up grabbing Owen Franks' testicles during first test

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 24: Mako Vunipola of the Lions is tackled during the Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on June 24, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 24: Mako Vunipola of the Lions is tackled during the Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on June 24, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Nick Purewal

Mako Vunipola has insisted it was an accident if he grabbed Owen Franks' testicles in the British and Irish Lions' first Test defeat to New Zealand.

The Lions prop was caught on camera grabbing Franks' groin at a scrum in the All Blacks' 30-15 win in Auckland on Saturday.

Vunipola insisted he was only trying to restore his scrum binding, however, before joking that his family had shared the video clip online.

He said: "I can't remember doing that to be fair, but I've seen the video because my family tagged me in it!

"I was just trying to keep my bind up obviously.

"We talk about giving good pictures to the referee as a front-row.

"So either I bind there or drop my arm and it's a penalty to them.

"So I'd rather grab them than grab nothing really!"

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