When the British and Irish Lions headed to New Zealand last summer, fans were eager to see just how well the best from the northern hemisphere would compare with the world champions.
On the field the Lions grew into a side that fought to a stalemate with their hosts and off it, fans watched them come together as friends.
Among the most famous of these friendships was that of back-rows James Haskell and Sean O’Brien, who enjoyed a bromance rooted in mischievous mayhem.
Throughout the tour, we were treated to the informal goings-on in the Lions camp thanks to the pair of flankers and it became one of the highlights of what was a famous tour.
Despite a return to normality and the rigours of the domestic game, Englishman Haskell took to Twitter on Wednesday and reminded everyone of the wit that contributed to those amusing summer interludes.
With retired England and Bath flanker Lewis Moody appearing on the latest podcast from Flats&Shanks, the Wasps flanker just couldn’t help himself when the public was asked, via Twitter, for questions to ask the World Cup winner.
A. Why is he such a nause? B. Why would he always go full on in a non contact session? C. Did he ever have an orginal thought, or did Johnno put his hand up judos’s arse and work his mouth like a puppet 😂😂👌🏻 D. Did tackling with your face prolong or shorten your career?
— James Haskell (@jameshaskell) January 23, 2018
Going full troll, you might be forgiven for thinking that Haskell’s comments lay far below the belt. Having been international teammates, however, their common bond born from the physicality and camaraderie of rugby allows friends insult each other like enemies.
For the rest of us, the results are bemusing, yet utterly hilarious.