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“There was un­be­liev­able pres­sure that week af­ter leav­ing Brian O’Driscoll out and the storm that cre­ated. I didn’t ex­pect that; I knew there would be some crit­i­cism but I didn’t re­alise the level of di­vi­sion it would cre­ate.

“Af­ter the game I spent ten min­utes in the chang­ing room on my own. I wanted to en­joy the oc­ca­sion and go round to see the play­ers but when I walked onto the field there was a wall of pho­tog­ra­phers. I walked for 20 me­tres as they took pho­tos but they wouldn’t move, so I turned around, walked into the chang­ing room and opened a beer.

“I wanted to be out on the pitch but in­stead had ten min­utes on my own. I was quite emo­tional – I prob­a­bly shed a tear!

“It was a spe­cial mo­ment; we’d been writ­ten off and en­joyed a record Lions vic­tory in terms of points in a Test. I thought we played ex­cep­tion­ally well and the most sig­nif­i­cant thing was the im­pact of the bench; they gave the mo­men­tum to bring us home.”

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