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Small & Bentley to meet again?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks on 4 Jun 2009 at 06:34
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Abrasive former British and Irish Lions wing John Bentley is South Africa-bound again … and he has old foe James Small firmly in his sights.

Bentley, well remembered from the 1997 Lions tour, told the UK-based Daily Telegraph website on Wednesday that he would attend all three Tests in the 2009 series.

And he will hardly be wearing camouflage to avoid former Bok hero Small, with whom he fiercely locked horns a couple of times.

Sport 24 reports that the now 42-year-old Bentley said: “The first thing I intend doing is looking up my old opposite number.

“It will either end up in a fight or drinking beer all night – hopefully the latter. Happy days.”

Small refuses to Shake hands

They came up against each other during the Test series and also when the Lions played Western Province at Newlands, where Small brushed off Bentley’s exaggerated bid at a post-match handshake.

He claimed that Bentley had been involved in eye-gouging, while the Lions man accused Small of bad sportsmanship for refusing his “friendship” gesture.

Bentley says he will also bring his rugby boots to South Africa: “I still have them in the back of the car whenever I attend a speaking engagement or coaching session just in case anybody offers me a game. I’m always up for that. They will travel with me later this month.”

Meanwhile, Bentley’s stunning solo try against the Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park is being used as a tool to fire up the tourists ahead of their clash with the same foes on Wednesday night.

The player himself described his epic run for the try-line at then-Ellis Park as “magic carpet time… defenders just seemed to fall off me”.


  • Neither of these boys were the friendliest guys out there. :smile:

    Would love to be a fly on the wall in the pub where they drink a few beers together.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.06.09 06:36:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : hehehe Go Small!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.06.09 06:47:55 by JarsonX Reply
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  • James would never dare hit Bentley anyway. He only hits girls

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.06.09 07:44:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : ask Bentley if he wants to shake hands with Rory :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.06.09 09:01:58 by JarsonX Reply
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  • James is a fat sweaty cokehead these days

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.06.09 09:29:16 by Claytie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Harsh! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.06.09 09:52:52 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 6) : harsh but fair

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.06.09 10:11:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Definitely not looking great:


    But very efficient at consuming the white dust….

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.06.09 14:28:05 by Superwors Reply

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