Watch: BOD And Austin Healey Debate Sexton Vs Farrell For Lions 10 Shirt

Watch: BOD And Austin Healey Debate Sexton Vs Farrell For Lions 10 Shirt

On tonight's Rugby Tonight on BT Sport, Brian O'Driscoll and Austin Healey conspired and compromised to pick their travelling Lions squad for this summer's tour of New Zealand.

Unfortunately, the pair - who, despite Healey's denials, have duelled more viciously in the past - ended up with about 18 players in their starting XV during a frenetic end to the show, but they did settle on one fly-half - more so due to O'Driscoll's stubborness, perhaps, than anything else.

Where Healey was in the Owen Farrell camp, and even suggested Finn Russell will be on the plane, O'Driscoll was unashamedly in Johnny Sexton's corner, and explained how he and Farrell could provide a potent 10-12 axis versus the Kiwis.

BOD: When you have the passing qualities of Farrell, he's definitely going to be in your team as well, so that combination of the two - they're so alike, I saw them having such a go at one an other at the weekend - but I know they'd really enjoy playing with one and other because they've the same personalities.

AH: How much cotton wool are they going to have to put around this guy [Sexton] to get him to the third Test?

BOD: But like I said about Finn Russell, he takes the ball to the line, he's willing to take shots for his team because he sucks in defenders and creates space for others outside.

O'Driscoll seems to beat Healy with that particular argument, as Sexton is left in the 10 slot - although this BOD vs Healy showdown is likely more pre-arranged than their punch-up on the Lions tour they shared together back in 2001.


There are far less definitive positions in the debate, with seemingly no starting fullback or right winger by the time the show finishes, but Austin Healey does manage to sneak someone called 'Oh-Ma-HOE-knee' not only onto the plane, but into the starting XV as a third lineout option. Not that Bod's complaining. The Irish great, too suggests Seán O'Brien has one more chance to do himself justice as a potential 7 when Wasps travel to the Aviva in a few weeks' time.

All will be revealed on April 19th.

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