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Saturday 24 February 2018

'It's the one story that kills him' - Brian O'Driscoll reacts to Austin Healey's denial of Lions punch-up Newsdesk Newsdesk

Austin Healey is now saying it never happened. Keith Wood and Brian O'Driscoll are having none of that.

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 Healey began poking fun at a swollen and brusied ROG, a young O'Driscoll snapped and beat the lard out of him.

Healey accounced on Twitter in recent weeks that the story was 'completely fabricated'.

Speaking on Off the Ball on Newstalk this evening, BOD responded to Healey's denial.

"It's the one story that absolutely kills Austin and his retort when it's brought up is usually, 'Oh let's arrange a charity rematch and I'll box the head off you'. Which is an answer in itself because he has a reason to get one back on me," he said.

"Austin is incredibly confident, some might say cocky, but he literally has no comeback. So his latest comeback is to completely refute that it ever happened."

Keith Woods interjected: "Austin is tough. He was certain he would beat up this kid. I'd be slow to have a go at Austin. I'd pay money to see a rematch of that."

O'Driscoll played down the chances of a rematch.

"I wouldn't be in a rush to have another go. I was relatively lucky that day so I'll call it quits at 1-0 and gloat for the rest of my days," he added.

Asked if the incident happened, O'Gara said: "Brian boxed the head off him. It's black and white. It did happen. Case closed.

"He was always up to something. He was always going to get a beating and it happened quite early."

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