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Brian O'Driscoll tweets congratulations to Cory Hill

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Legendary Irish and Lions centre Brian O'Driscoll seemed to poke fun at himself when sending a congratulatory tweet to Welsh lock Cory Hill on his recent two-year contract with the Dragons.

Hill was unwittingly at the centre of a storm of controversy during the Lions summer tour to New Zealand, when he was called up along with five others to the squad by coach Warren Gatland.

The six players were labelled the 'geography six' as it was assumed their selections were based more on their whereabouts rather than their rugby skills.

O'Driscoll was amongst those who queried whether the location-driven selection of the unheralded six, four Welshmen and two Scots, somehow devalued the Lions jersey, and he admitted that he had never even heard of the Welsh lock before, despite making over 80 appearances for the Dragons and being capped by Wales.

"I wasn't anticipating the quality of those players being brought in as to the standard that they were," said O'Driscoll at the time. "I wasn't even aware who Cory Hill was to be honest with you. I'm a pundit and I'm meant to know these things.

"I haven't covered a whole lot of Wales in the last year. I think he's with Newport-Gwent Dragons, I don't cover them."

Hills career has gone from strength to strength since the controversy, establishing himself as a key component of Gatland's plans with Wales, playing in all four autumn Tests and leaving far behind the mocking jibes of the summer.

See the tweet he sent below.

Of course, Hill was also quick to reply back to O'Driscoll.

O'Driscoll, now a pundit with BT Sport, was quick to acknowledge the player on his recent achievements, and in the process, slyly reference his embarrassing ignorance of Hill's existence during the epic series against the All Blacks.

The Irishman tweeted the 25-year-old: "Well done to my pal @Coryhill"

Hill will undoubtedly be looking forward to the clash with Ireland in the upcoming Six Nations in case his Irish pal needs further reminding of who he is.

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