Tuesday 23 July 2019

Video: Brian O'Driscoll talks about giving Austin Healey a 'hiding' on the 2001 Lions Tour

Ronan O'Gara and Brian O'Driscoll during the Lions 2001 tour of Australia
Ronan O'Gara and Brian O'Driscoll during the Lions 2001 tour of Australia

Austin Healey made a mistake by poking fun at Ronan O'Gara during the 2001 Lions Tour of Australia.

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

Ronan O'Gara after being punched repeatedly by Duncan McRae during the 2001 Lions Tour

Speaking on the Claire Balding Show on BT Sport, Brian O'Driscoll revealed that he snapped at the chance to take on Healey, a current work colleague on BT Sport, in a fight after he had poked fun at ROG about the incident.

"We were in a team room and it was a couple of weeks after Ronan O'Gara had the head punched off him in a game and Austin put the gloves on that were used for training and went over to ROG and kept digging him and going, 'is it too soon? is it too soon?," BOD said.

"Stupidly I said, 'I'll have a go at you'...I never really boxed before but I put the gloves on and it was Austin, the opportunity of giving Austin a hiding.... it's an easy sell.

"I don't know what happened but I threw about five or six combinations and landed them all and Austin never landed a punch and all the rest of the squad realised that Austin was going to get a hiding, and particularly the English guys got excited about this and formed a ring around us.

"I realised my luck  was about to run out so I told Austin, 'Listen, you have a game at he weekend and I can't have you going out there with a split eye because I've thumped the head of ya so I'm going to have to leave it at that."

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