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06th Jun 2013

Gulf in Lions experience between BOD and Tuilagi plain to see


Brian O’Driscoll and Manu Tuilagi showed an impressive understanding yesterday for their first run out, but the gulf in experience was clearly shown in numbers.

Twelve years separate the midfield duo, but they developed a quick understanding, though it has to be said they will come up against stiffer defensive lines.

It was in 2001 against the same opposition that a young O’Driscoll made his debut in the red jersey, scoring a try from full-back and needless to say many players have come and gone in that same period. A hundred to be precise.


Pic credit: Twitter/@BrianODriscoll

The changing room indicated had a plaque for each player indicating how many players before them had donned the famous jersey. The Leicester midfielder became the 797th such player to highlight further the longevity of the Irish legend.

100 not out and counting for O’Driscoll.