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Thursday 14 December 2017

I'd pick Drico for Lions ahead of Tuilagi - Gregan

AUSTRALIAN legend George Gregan has tipped Brian O'Driscoll to pip England powerhouse Manu Tuilagi to the Lions number 13 shirt and hopes the Irish captain beats his all-time caps record.

"If he's fit and healthy, I'd pick him because he is definitely motivated.

"He wants to come over and win a Lions series on his fourth attempt. He hasn't won one and doesn't want to tour and just make up the numbers," Gregan said

Gregan was playing at scrum-half when O'Driscoll scythed through the Australian defence to score one of the greatest tries in Lions history in 1999.

"Mate, I remember we had to look at him carefully for that second Test in Perth in 1999 because he was so impressive the week before on his first cap.

"We were thinking, 'Who is this young guy!" he added

"I would love to see him playing next year. Australia have a bit of a soft spot for Brian because we love attacking sports people. And he is certainly that. He even stole our song, 'Waltzing O'Driscoll'."

Including six Lions appearances, O'Driscoll is 13 caps off Gregan's world record of 139.

"I couldn't think of a better person to break it than Brian," he added.

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