Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

British and Irish Lions 2013: Can you spot the two photoshopped players?

The picture below is not all that it seems

The 2013 British and Irish Lions Squad. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

The official squad photo for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour was released today - but while it may appear the entire 37-man squad are taking part - in fact two of them weren't there at all.

For years Leinster and Ireland fans have been wondering just how Brian O’Driscoll appears to be in two places at once.

But some things are even beyond BOD. Yesterday he appeared in the official Lions photograph, which was taken in London at the same time he also recuperating in Dublin.

Under strict instructions from Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland to stay off his feet for a couple of days to help clear up an old back injury, ODriscoll stayed in Dublin while the Lions were having their photos taken in London.

Getting all the Lions in one place is no easy feat before the end of the season. So with 35 of the 37 squad players there, photographers thought it was probably their best time to get the official squad shot done.

Not willing to leave out two of the most influential players of the official team snap, O’Driscoll and his fellow absentee, Toulon's Gethin Jenkins, were Photoshopped in by the Lions publicity team.

And judging by the smirk on Jonny Sexton’s face – who was standing between the two models to be Photoshopped – he saw the funny side of the situation.

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