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03rd Oct 2018

O’Driscoll Reveals He Received Violent Threats While Filming A New Documentary About The Troubles And Rugby


Brian O’Driscoll received violent threats during the filming of his new documentary about the all-Ireland rugby team during the Troubles.

The former Irish rugby captain was sent a Twitter message saying, ‘Don’t come to Portadown wearing your jersey or eight lads will be waiting there to give you a hiding with your family watching.’

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio One, O’ Driscoll spoke of how he received the threat after footage emerged of him playing the Lamberg Drum which is linked to the Orange Order.

Along with former RTÉ presenter Craig, the pair look at how the All Ireland rugby team endured during the tumultuous time of troubles and the destruction in Northern Ireland.

O’Driscoll said he wasn’t bothered by the threats and that he was doing something that was important to them. When he woke up the next morning, he “was proud that I’d put myself out of my comfort zone and I had done something that maybe not everyone would do”.

“If I was asked to do it again, would I give it a go? I absolutely would.”

The documentary also explores how the Irish Rugby Union governs Ireland’s team, bringing two countries together as one for the sport.

Shoulder to Shoulder premiers on October 12th at 10 pm on BT Sport 2.

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