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04th Jul 2013

Sonny Bill Williams expresses disbelief at the omission of ‘the big dog BOD’

Following in the footsteps of a number of high-profile rugby figures, former All-Black Sonny Bill Williams can’t believe that ‘the big dog’ Brian O’Driscoll has been left out of the Lions team this weekend.

Conor Heneghan

Following in the footsteps of a number of high-profile rugby figures, former All-Black Sonny Bill Williams can’t believe that ‘the big dog’ Brian O’Driscoll has been left out of the Lions team this weekend.

We’ve all calmed down a bit from this time yesterday when seemingly the whole country was reeling at the surprise omission of Brian O’Driscoll from the Lions team for the final test against Australia this weekend, but it still leaves something of a sour taste in the mouth.

While the likes of Dan Carter, Matt Giteau, David Campese and others high-profile rugby figures from the southern hemisphere registered their shock at the news yesterday, Sonny Bill Williams was obviously a little late to the party as he sent out the following tweet around 8.30am this morning Irish time.

 

When somebody as well-known and as well-travelled as Sonny Bill calls O’Driscoll ‘the big dog’ it gives you a flavour of the esteem in which O’Driscoll is held, even though his reaction to what must be one of the biggest disappointments of his career showed just how classy an operator he is.

Oh and we had to check that #smh means ‘shaking my head’. Us too Sonny, us too.

Hat-tip to Tommy Keane for giving us the heads up on this one.