Back in 2005 the Lions rugby team and Manchester United team were staying in the same hotel in Cardiff ahead of both their matches. Lions vs Argentina and Manchester United against Arsenal in the FA Cup final. Shane Horgan the former Ireland and Leinster winger recalls talking to Roy Keane ahead of their tour in the hallway and Keane was as blunt as ever when asked about how the Lions tour would go;
Shane Horgan: Before we left for New Zealand, we were staying in the same hotel in Wales as the Manchester United team, who were there for the FA Cup final against Arsenal.
We fell in with some of the players, and asked Roy Keane what he thought our chances were…
Lawrence Dallaglio: “3-0 to New Zealand, you’re gonna get smashed”. Part of me knew what he was saying was true but it’s one thing thinking it, it’s another to be so blunt in saying it.
Shane Horgan: There’s a social convention where you tone down that kind of thing but he was in full Roy mode. It wasn’t very inspiring.