Sporting greats tip Lions to roar as charity cycle starts
TWO of Ireland's sporting greats have tipped the Lions to beat Australia and clinch the test series despite the loss of several key Irish players including Paul O'Connell.
Former Munster and Ireland star Ronan O'Gara and Cork hurling legend Jimmy Barry Murphy said they expected tomorrow's crucial second test to be a classic after the cliffhanger opening game.
"I'm expecting Australia to come out with all guns blazing but the Lions will know what to expect," said O'Gara.
The former Lion, who is now retired, flies to Paris next month to begin his coaching career with Racing Metro, though he admitted his long-term dream is to return to a coaching role with Munster.
Both stars admitted the Australian series could go to the wire and be decided in the third test.
Jimmy Barry Murphy also predicted a classic series, and said he was "delighted" with Cork's impressive victory over Clare to set up a Munster hurling championship date with Limerick.
The pair were speaking yesterday before the start of a charity cycle in aid of Rett Syndrome Ireland by a team from BAM public works contractors.
A total of 103 BAM employees left Cork to cycle through Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow before arriving in Kildare this evening.
Rett Syndrome is a rare neuro-developmental disorder resulting in physical and intellectual disability.
It almost exclusively affects girls and one in 10,000 births is impacted.
BAM chief executive Theo Cullinane said the organisation was delighted to undertake the challenge with the support of two sporting greats.