Nose overshadows first Lions test
WATCHING the first test between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions one thing caught my eye in particular.
It was not the flow of first-half penalties against the Lions at the scrum.
It was not Brian O’Driscoll and Jamie Roberts continually breaking the South African line.
It was not even the Lions’ valiant comeback from 26-7 down.
It was O’Driscoll’s nose.
As far as I can remember, throughout my nose-watching times it is a nose that is without equal and once
pointed out I could not keep my eyes off it.
Clearly I have not paid enough attention to O’Driscoll’s face in his ten year career, as this nose would not have slipped me by otherwise.
The top and bottom of the nose are on the same point of longitude but between those points it curves out to somewhere level with his left iris.
Wherever you stand O’Driscoll’s nose will point straight at you, as it points at a completely different angle to the rest of his face.
I understand he is a treble-hard, Irish rugby player, so a slight nasal kink should be allowed and even expected, but O’Driscoll’s snout goes above and beyond the call of duty.
And I celebrate that.