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Watch: Austin Healey's "Congratulations" To Ireland Was Typically Grating

Watch: Austin Healey's "Congratulations" To Ireland Was Typically Grating

Wednesday night saw another episode of BT Sport's 'Rugby Tonight', the show known by most Irish rugby fans as "the one with Austin Healey on it".

The former Leicester Tigers player is somewhat of a panto villain for Irish fans, best seen in the satisfaction of the crowd when Keith Wood described how Brian O'Driscoll "beat the shite" out of the England winger in the 2001 Lions tour.

This particular episode was the first since Ireland recorded an historic victory over the All Blacks, and such an achievement was to be addressed at the top of the show.

Healey opened by listing off the list of incredibly unlikely things that have happened recently, with Donald Trump being elected US president being saved for last, and then said Ireland beating New Zealand was that one he was "not having".

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That's the one fact I'm not having. It just cannot happen. But they did it.

He then concluded by bringing up the fact that Ireland will play England in the Six Nations for some reason.

We should also say that when the cheesy intros were done and they sat down for some actual analysis, Healey was genuinely complimentary and singled out the performance of Joey Carbury in such a difficult situation for praise.

What does this tell us? Healey knows rugby, and he's a wind-up merchant. But he played for the Lions, so we knew the former, and Brian O'Driscoll boxed the head off him for the latter, so we've learned nothing new.

SEE ALSO: Keith Wood Gleefully Recalls The Time BOD Stuck Up For Ronan O'Gara And Boxed Austin Healey

Mikey Traynor

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