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TBT: Brian O’ Driscoll try for the Lions in 2001

Dave Gantly remembers Brian O’ Driscoll’s super try against Australia for this week’s Throwback Thursday segment.

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There is no better way to increase the excitement of the upcoming Lions Tour to Australia than to relive one of the most famous tries scored by an Irishman in a Lion’s shirt.

Yes, THAT try in 2001: Brian O’Driscoll’s against Australia in the first test.

Having received a pass from Johnny Wilkinson on the half way line, O’Driscoll saw a gap in the defence. His acceleration and brilliant sidestep left Nathan Grey and the Aussie defenders for dead.

The try put the Lions firmly on the front foot and raised hopes that this was their tour.

It is rightly billed as one of the greatest tries ever scored by a Lion and announced O’Driscoll on the world stage.

Let’s hope O’Driscoll is given one last chance to cause further damage on the Australian’s this summer.

The Irish great is very much in the reckoning to lead the Lions but faces strong competition from the likes of Welsh flanker Sam Warburton and England Captain Chris Robshaw.

If O’Driscoll can keep up his good form in Leinster’s season run in, there is no doubt he will firmly be in Warren Gatland’s thoughts come the 30th of April.

Sport Is Everything. Dave Gantly.


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