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Scott Williams details just how badly he injured himself after THAT tackle on Brian O'Driscoll
27 G-Force tackle!!

The Welsh centre unloaded with the biggest tackle Brian O'Driscoll ever shipped in his 15-year Test career. It wrecked them both.

Back in 2014, before his fairytale finish, Brian O'Driscoll nearly didn't make it past the Welsh.

Midway through a Six Nations clash with Wales at the Aviva Stadium, Scott Williams cracked O’Driscoll with a fearsome tackle.

The hit registered 27G [G-Force] on O'Driscoll's GPS tracking system and left him with a severely bruised lower back when he landed awkwardly.

#tbt to Wales game 2014 when @scottwilliams_1 nearly killed me & this happened when I landed on me hoop! #gascraic

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Williams suffered a worse fate.

In a match programme interview ahead of the Guinness PRO12 semi final clash between Leinster and Williams' Scarlets, he recalled the damage that tackle did to his body.

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“I remember it quite well. I came off the worst, to be quite honest with you. I would’ve taken the bruising compared to what I got.

"I had done my homework on him with Ireland and noticed how they attacked off their lineout, using him. I say the play as it was about to unfold and made the decision to blitz up onto Brian.

"My AC [shoulder joint] just caught him right on his elbow. I managed to tear all the ligaments on my AC and tear my deltoid muscle while I was at it.

"I tried to play on for another 10 minutes as I didn’t want to let on I was hurt but my shoulder was hanging off."

Two years after that game, O'Driscoll [pic above] and Williams shared battle scars on social media.

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Leinster Rugby, Guinness PRO12, Brian O'Driscoll, Scarlets, Scott Williams