In a fiery exchange on live air, Mike Brown playfully jabbed at Sam Warburton as the duo bantered about their intense on-field rivalry.
The two, once fierce adversaries during the heated clashes between England and Wales, took a trip down memory lane, recounting moments of tension on the pitch.
Warburton, narrating the incident in his autobiography ‘Open Side,’ described a confrontational encounter, recalling, “I’m laughing in Brown’s face. ‘What are you doing?’ I say. ‘You’d better leave quick before I catch you on your own during the game.’ Brown then starts chopsing off at Gethin (Jenkins), who’d batter him even quicker than I would.”
Host Orla Chennaoui ignited the flames of their rivalry, remarking, “This is lovely to see you two next to each other; you’ve had a few ding-dong battles over the years!” To which, Brown cleverly retorted, “We’re best mates,” with Warburton chiming in, “We’re mukkas now, aren’t we? It was all for show!”
Brown, not missing a beat, teased, “He talked about me in his autobiography to get a few sales, but we’re mates now!”
Warburton responded with a jest, saying, “I still need to send you an invoice for that!” The banter-filled exchange showcased a lighthearted camaraderie that has developed between the once fierce rivals.
“The Terminator” – 5 biggest and strongest rugby players in the 2023 Six Nations!
When these players get the ball, the spectators hold their breath. Capable of smashing their way through the toughest of defenders, these players are built for contact and are not afraid of a big collision.
With the 2023 Guinness Six Nations kicking off this weekend, here are the five most powerful Six Nations players to watch.
Andrew Porter – Ireland
With a reported squat personal best of a staggering 350 kg, Andrew Porter’s strength resembles an Olympic standard. Porter smashes the 275kg requirements for an elite-level squat for his size, demonstrating how truly powerful he is for a professional athlete.
The Leinster prop is a fearsome scrummager, capable of winning the ball against the run of play through the sheer force of his driving. Ireland’s resident powerhouse lines up in a frightening front row, along with Tadhg Furlong and Ronan Kelleher.
A dedicated Dubliner, Porter has made over 100 appearances for his hometown club Leinster, since his debut in 2016.
England have learned experience of the power of Porter, as the prop muscled his way over the line from close range, in the 2020 Six Nations. Porter’s international accolades are not limited to just Ireland, as he worked his way onto the 2021 British Lions tour to South Africa.