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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.


“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.

No-one ever said this game was easy...

Episode 37 of The Hard Yards rugby podcast features Sam Warburton, Garry Ringrose and Rugby World's Paul Williams.

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