BOXI NG

Conor Mur­ray has mas­tered the box- kick. The Lions scrum- half tells RW why it’s suc­cess­ful – and gives the lowdown on his team- mates…

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SOME­HOW RUGBY WORLD have found them­selves in the tun­nel at Ro­torua In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium. It’s about an hour af­ter the Lions have con­vinc­ingly beaten the Maori All Blacks a week out from the first Test. We have been talk­ing to Conor Mur­ray while wan­der­ing down steps at the sta­dium be­fore com­ing to a stop in the mid­dle of the tun­nel.

He’s just told us that all his room-mates on this trip to New Zealand have been good but as Owen Far­rell walks past, he quips: “There’s my worst room-mate.”

Far­rell, like his de­ci­sion-mak­ing on a pitch, is quick to hit back, say­ing: “You’re the worst.” “In what way?” RW ask.

“In ev­ery way,” Far­rell grins.

The pair are both chuck­ling to them­selves at this ex­change, and this abil­ity to take the Michael – to ‘ban­ter’ in com­mon par­lance – high­lights how com­fort­able they are with one an­other. These are play­ers who have had many a bat­tle against each other on the rugby pitch but are now pulling to­gether in a com­mon cause. That unique­ness of the Lions is oft-men­tioned but it is al­ways re­fresh­ing to wit­ness it up close.

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