Brian O'Driscoll on the time he beat "the living crap" out of Austin Healy to defend ROG's honour

Brian and Keith Wood share the story during Off The Ball's Limerick Roadshow

Brian O'Driscoll,

Brian O'Driscoll ©INPHO/James Crombie

Did you know Brian O'Driscoll once got the better of ex-England full-back Austin Healy in an impromptu boxing match during a Lions camp in 2001?

Answering a question from the crowd at tonight's Off The Ball Roadshow in Limerick, Brian and Keith Wood told the tale of how it happened.

"It was actually after Duncan McRae beat the crap out of [Ronan O'Gara] in that game. It was just lunacy. He just lost it on the field. Austin came in. He was being an unbelievable pain in the arse, beyond all belief. He was touching ROG's face. He said 'come on, ROG, let's have a little boxing match'. ROG has got really delicate skin, he's got all bruises, cuts and scratches and he's miserable and ROG just said 'piss off, leave me alone, just get away from me,'" said Keith on the circumstances which led to the boxing bout.

"Suddenly this little voice, peeps in. 'I'll have a bit of that,' says Drico. They put on a pair of boxing gloves and Drico beat the living crap out of him.'"

Brian picked up the first hand story from there.  

Austin Healy ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

"I might have been a young lad but because I was good friend with ROG, I just thought that's not on and I kind of said it before I thought about what I was doing and all of a sudden the next thing I realise there were gloves on and there was a ring being made around us and I could tell people were only on one person's side and that was including all of the English players," said Brian.

"It was one of those out of body moments where all of a sudden you realise you've got a little bit of boxing technique and I started landing some shots and he started getting frustrated and started throwing haymakers and I ducked him. I was catching him with little kidney punches. It was one of those dream situations. I called it quits at the right time as well."