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  Monday, 16 July, 2001, 09:10 GMT 10:10 UK
Healey's final insult
Austin Healey
Healey has been nicknamed 'dwarf' by the Aussie press
Austin Healey took a final swipe at the Lions tour and the Australians after the Wallabies' first series victory over the tourists on Saturday.

Healey, who slammed both the Australian players and press before the final Test, could not resist one last word on the tour.

The Lions winger admitted he expected a severe disciplining from the team's management followed up by action from England coach Clive Woodward.

"I feel a fine coming on," Healey wrote in The Guardian.

"The bad bits? Losing the series. I could start on the Aussies here. But now is probably not the best time.

Austin Healey and Justin Harrison
Harrison: More than just a plank?

"In fact, I could probably start on our approach to the Tests. But that might make the fine worse.

"I just feel we went for a rigid approach. Set piece followed by drives. That's what the homework showed would work, apparently.

"Well, the Aussies did their own homework - and my mate Justin Harrison had a bit of a game," he said.

Healey justified his original attack on Harrison by claiming that was what was expected of him.

"It was a bit cheeky, I'll admit. But what do you want?"

The Australian press, who were rejoicing over the victory, returned fire, singling out Healey for much of their scorn on Monday.


I am public enemy number one - just get me home.
Austin Healey

Greg Growden, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, said Healey was aptly nicknamed 'Dwarf'.

"On the eve of the third Test Healey showed what a dwarf of a mind he possesses, when through a puerile British newspaper column, he destabilised the Lions' charge and gave the Wallabies all the ammunition they required to win the series," Growden wrote.

The Australian's Peter Jenkins, under the headline 'Foul Lions deliver the final insult', led with Harrison being snubbed when he was told to leave the Lions' dressing room after the game.

"Traditions of the game were recklessly stomped as the brooding losers, showing all the petulance of schoolboy prats, refused to swap jerseys with the debutant who tore out their hearts with a lineout steal in the last 90 seconds of an enthralling third and final Test," said Jenkins.

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