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Friday, October 18, 2013

Brian O'Driscoll's incredible skill at training - Lions RAW teaser

It's tradition that after every British & Irish Lions tour a DVD comes out featuring the best of the behind the scenes footage. It's hugely popular every time, and the latest from the 2013 tour, Lions Raw, is released in ten days time. This is a short clip from it.

The documentary comes out soon, with over 2 hours of unseen footage that is sure to be the perfect keepsake for Lions fans. The victorious 1997 tour video is a thing of legend, showing how the team bonded and trained to achieve a famous win, and this years will be no different.

Unrestricted access, covering all ten fixtures with pre-match build up and colourful halftime speeches, the crew worked tirelessly, with the cooperation of team and management, to put together what is being touted as yet another fascinating documentary.

In the short clip above, veteran Brian O'Driscoll is seen at training, nonchalantly controlling a Jonny Sexton chip over the top with his boot, then knee, then casually flicking a no-look reverse pass to Leigh Halfpenny. As you do.

In the clip he speaks about how important it is that every player in the squad plays his role, even if they're not in the matchday 23. It's unclear if this was at the beginning of the tour, or after he was  dropped by coach Warren Gatland for the final Test, but the message stands either way.

We'll be giving away a few copies of the DVD, so keep an eye out for that competition in the upcoming weeks, and feel free to let us know where you think O'Driscoll - despite not being selected for the final Test - ranks amongst the all time Lions legends. Top 5?

Posted at 2:36 pm | 36 comments

Posted in British & Irish Lions 2013, See it to Believe it

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finckB October 18, 2013 3:35 pm

pure class

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MonsignorRusbucket October 18, 2013 4:08 pm

Surely has to be in one of the top 5 players of all time let alone in a Lions jersey!!

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weunster January 02, 2014 8:21 pm

great footballer but not even close to the top 5. The only Northerner who makes the top ten is Barry Johns!

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Pedro October 18, 2013 4:26 pm

Training...
I snap droppies from half way in training. I once tried one in a game (from a lot closer) but it went out on the full. I did however successfully argue, an attacking kick, therefore the lineout was (slightly) closer to the try line.
Less egg on face...

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Citing Commissioner October 18, 2013 5:25 pm

A true rugby player who got to his position through having a gift and working hard. I'd love to see if any of the juiced up Goliaths coming through the ranks of English rugby now could do that in the final years of their career.

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Eddie-g October 18, 2013 5:31 pm

He's certainly not in the top-5, not with how he continues to behave toward Gatland. Great player, no doubt, but he's really undermining his legend status with his behaviour now. In fact, it is antithetical to the spirit you normally associate with the Lions, and some day he's going to regret it a lot more than the disappointment he felt at not playing that final test.

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Reality October 18, 2013 6:25 pm

So, because he accepted being dropped for what all evidence pointed to was a player chosen through Welsh bias rather than on merit and put the interests of the squad first and didn't make a big deal out of it and ruin the spirit in the camp as many people (myself included) would have done and then months afterwards said that he felt a human sense of resentment towards Gatland for dropping him for the biggest match of his career, in your opinion he's undermining his status?

Are you actually joking? I think the only person undermined in the situation is Gatland, because he proved that he's a biased, biased coach who was one missed kick away from losing the tour to the weakest Wallaby team in living memory. O'Driscoll said he resented Gatland for not picking him; I resent Gatland for doing it too. He picked a player who didn't deserve to be picked and dropped O'Driscoll for what would have been the greatest match of his career which he deserved to play in on merit. If I was O'Driscoll I would have taken it with far less grace.

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WelshOsprey October 18, 2013 7:35 pm

Deserved it on merit? Stupid thing to say, lets throw shane williams and jonny wilkinson in there too while we're at it haha

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Facepalm October 18, 2013 10:35 pm

Gatland doesn't owe O'Driscoll a final send off to his career. No one is bigger than the team.

Anyone with neutral eyes could see O'Driscoll was not putting in the legendary performances he became so famous for. Davies, on the other hand, was having a fantastic tour. With ball in hand he looked like he could spark something and whether you like it or not the same could not be said of BOD. The former master of the game put in solid performances, but showed nothing to warrant selection over Davies.

Tuilagi was picked on the bench for obvious reasons. As an impact substitute, there are few in the world more explosive than the genetic freak of nature that he is.

It is a shame he and O'Connell have tried to tarnish Gatland's success. The most striking aspect is the stubbornness of those who jumped on the anti-gatland band wagon to back down.

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ciaranbrk December 09, 2013 2:45 pm

Davies was ball watching and cost the squad in the second test, so to say he had a fantastic tour its absolutely ridiculous. Depends on what you been by success they won the tour but they lost the spirit of the lions.

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Brownie14 October 18, 2013 11:20 pm

We were also only one missed kick from winning the series 3-0. Gatland picked the best team for the night. And it won. I presume that you are Irish. Stop crying, support the Lions, and get ready for the 2018 tour please.

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TotesMcGoates October 18, 2013 8:24 pm

So, the most high profile dropping of a player since the Romans put Nero on the bench and he's not supposed to be upset about it?! It was inevitably a big thing in the sports media; I personally reckon that he did well to keep his opinions to himself until after the tour.

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Facepalm October 18, 2013 10:42 pm

Silly comment. Of course he can be upset about it. Every player in the world gets upset when they're dropped. Publicly stating you resent a coach because he thought another player was better than you is a totally separate matter. The lions tour does not owe O'Driscoll a final send off.

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TotesMcGoates October 18, 2013 11:44 pm

What does BOD owe to Gatland that he can't be candid when asked the question, "Do you resent him for it?"
I'm not anti-Gatland, I think he made some great calls for the Third Test. I just don't see why anyone, anywhere can't answer a question honestly.

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Reality October 19, 2013 12:28 am

To the three people who negatively commented my post: did Gatland pick the best teams? No, he didn't. Matt Stevens was in the squad which immediately made it a complete joke, Sean O'Brien who was simply the best backrower in the squad didn't get a look in, and Sam anonymous Warburton was picked as captain. Then he picked the out of form Phillips in the third test as well as Jamie Roberts who hadn't played in 6 months if I remember correctly.

Welsh Osprey, Wilkinson said he wasn't available for the Lions, so I don't see where you're going with that. Williams is retired and was actually picked despite his terrible form in the 2009 Lions tour. I say O'Driscoll deserved it on merit because he was in better form that Jonathon Davies. In terms of stats he had missed less tackles and hadn't less Australia score a try with which they won the second test. As well as that, he had great leadership qualities which the squad was seriously lacking following the loss of O'Connell (and the anonymous Warburton). The fact that 99% of people were outraged at the decision to drop him tells its own story. Facepalm, Davies had a decent tour against the clubs and then was crap in the first two tests. I can't remember the exact statistics, but several missed tackles in the first two tests and zero passes between the centres in the third come to mind.

Anyway, the matter is: did and is O'Driscoll tarnishing his reputation with unsavoury comments against Gatland? I heard about one interview where he said he resents Gatland for not picking him. Considering Gatland's Welsh bias (realistically Wales is a half-decent team and doesn't have as many super-stars as the media suggests) and the fact that he was a 'temporary' coach to whom the players didn't owe any loyalty, why wouldn't he resent him? I'd be fit to be tied if I was O'Driscoll. And anyway, one article? So bloody what? And he hardly called him a biased idiot; he just said he resents him for not picking him. What's the problem?

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Swing October 19, 2013 7:28 am

Wish I'd not... it's total nonsense :(

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Swing October 19, 2013 7:34 am

There, my friends, are the ramblings of a drunk Irish man.

TIP: Never log onto rugbydump after a few bevvies on a Friday night

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anonymous no7 October 19, 2013 11:21 am

...I might not agree with what he said or think it's particularly relevant now but it is actually a well articulated post and your attempt to dismiss it as the "ramblings of a drunk Irish man" is pathetic. Stick to soccer.

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Swing October 19, 2013 5:20 pm

But I don't like soccer :(

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poldybloom3 December 11, 2013 11:56 pm

Your comments about Reality's post say a lot about you .The man has a right to his opinion and if you don't agree with it that's fine, but gratuitous insults are totally unecessary and make me wonder just how sober you were when you posted .
Tip:try to leave your prejudices in the box before your next comments

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Facepalm October 19, 2013 11:53 am

He's not tarnishing his reputation. He'll always be remembered as a classy guy. Ask your average rugby fan what they think of his comments and they'll look at you with a blank face.

Like I said, it's just a shame that he's had a whiney, toys out the pram type response to someone saying he's not good enough. So uncharacteristic and I wish he and O'Connell hadn't done it.

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Leadbitter October 22, 2013 1:11 pm

I'll try not to sit on the fence to much Reality - but with respect, I think you talking some good sense and total Bshit at the same time; still, good mutli-tasking my friend.
For me and pretty much every Englishman I've spoken to, Davies was automatic choice for the starting place. My surprise was that BOD was not on the bench over Manu but hey ho. Its professional sport at the highest level and for BOD to be picked over Davies was (when you compare the impact they were having when playing) never going to happen. A lot of this was because leading up to the third test, the Lions pack was simply not performing and providing any real platform for BOD to perform with. Simply put, if you gave BOD and Davies the ball standing still, Davies would make more ground.
The thing is, and this is the joy of hind sight, the way the pack performed in the third test would have given BOD an absolute field day - to be honest, I think any combination of the available centre combinations would have. And that's where we go full circle to Gatland picking so many Welshman. The pack I think we can all agree on was pretty much perfect - although had he not got injured, Warbuton would have been picked over O'Brian and that would have wrong. Phillips at 9 was a biased pick. Roberts was a biased pick. Halfpenny picked himself and I think Tommy Bowe pretty much did as well.

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jazz November 03, 2013 3:14 am

Not in the top 5??? read this me boy.

132 Test Caps- 124 for Ireland (83 as Captain) and 8 for the British & Irish Lions.

British & Irish Lions Captain

46 International Tries.

26 Six Nations tries (Record)

30 Heineken Cup Tries (Irish Record)

RBS 6 Nations Player of the Tournament- 2006, 2007 & 2009.

The highest scoring centre of all time.

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Mark_chad October 18, 2013 6:20 pm

Class act

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TotesMcGoates October 18, 2013 8:11 pm

Some ri-Dric-ulous skills on display!!

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Canadian content October 18, 2013 8:19 pm

Well played.

Willie John, gareth Edwards, Scott Gibbs, Martin Johnson, guscott did win two series, sure there are others but BOD has to be up there. Sad how it has all played out. Was he right in what he said. Absolutely. Is it unfortunate it came out, absolutely. Should Shane have asked him? Did he put him on the spot. Plain and simple. He was one of the greatest of all time and should have been in the 23.

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Eddie-g October 18, 2013 9:06 pm

@ Reality - "O'Driscoll said he resented Gatland for not picking him"

Well done spotting the problem. The rest of your post, the Welsh bias obsession, is delusional.

@ TotesMcGoats - "he's not supposed to be upset about it?"

Nice try. Except no-one said that he shouldn't feel disappointed. No, and these are O'Driscoll's words, he resents Gatland for having dropped him. Do you really want to defend that attitude?

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Hadleigh October 18, 2013 9:38 pm

Pedro, your comment in relation to this video is useless and narcissistic. Nice vid; it's good to appreciate one of the masters of the game.

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Snoop October 22, 2013 5:22 am

I think he is referring to how easy it is to display skills in training compared to during games where there is actual pressure.

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browner October 18, 2013 11:16 pm

Concentrate on the finesse of his touch, even 1/2p wasn't expecting the ball !!! superb stuff BoD

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finedisregard October 19, 2013 1:42 am

Brian old buddy, are you going to go out like Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith? Barry Sanders or Bret Favre? You were one of the best of all time. Please do this gracefully.

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Andinov October 20, 2013 2:15 am

Very well put and some excellent points from Reality.

Before the series began, the expectation was a 3-0 tour victory to the Lions against who to my mind is the weakest Australian team I have seen in 30 years.

A massive victory in the third test has paved over a lions tour that lost a tour game, should have lost the first test but for a huge piece of luck and actually lost the second test.

Any couch could have taken this tour and come out with a 2-1 series win. Only Gatland with his under-12s 'give it to the big guy' tactics was able to make it as close as it was.

Rant over

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Canadian content October 20, 2013 9:10 pm

Well said. 1st ever lions mid week loss in oz,
A laughable shame Williams selection and one good win over a team with a player, JOC, who should have been nowhere near an international 10 jersey, arguably the best 10 watching on TV, a pretty crap pack and frankly in complete disarray.

I bet oz are licking their chops in anticipation for their rematch against the lions, er wales, in November.

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Voice of reason October 30, 2013 7:23 pm

No player deserves to get picked based in status. BOD couldn't stop giving penalties away in the first test and did nothing in the second. Let me guess.... Your from Ireland. Now who's biased

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