RUGBY legend turned TV pundit Brian Moore took part in a Six Nations drinking game during his BBC commentary.
The former England hooker, 56, was giving his expert opinions on Saturday’s clash between France and Ireland on BBC One.
But the star secretly inserted keywords from the 2018 Six Nations Drinking Game – an annual companion piece to the rugby tournament dreamed up and played by fans.
Moore’s choices were so noticeable, rugby fans were instantly alerted to the wheeze, which would have helped get them leathered if they were playing along.
The move could get him hot water with BBC – if they haven’t latched on already.
There was speculation he was told to stop by producers at half time after three specific mentions in the first half but none in the second.
The most obvious sign that he was playing along was when he managed to mention “Covfefe”, the bungled phrase US president Donald Trump once tweeted by mistake.
A source said: “Brian Moore’s commentary on Saturday was especially eccentric.
“It’s because he’d seen this year’s Six Nations drinking game and was making sure everyone playing got completely wrecked.
“What an absolute lad.”
The drinking competition, made by a Twitter account called Welsh Dalai Lama, is a boozer’s version of bingo, where key events or phrases prompt them to take a drink.
Moore first trotted out “post-lions fatigue” just after 13 minutes, which the rules of the boozing completion mean participants have to take a glug.
Next up was him pointing out the ref asking “numbers” three times after 17 minutes, meaning three glugs of booze.
But it was the use of “Covfefe” – the nonsense word once tweeted by US president Donald Trump – that really gave the game away and made viewers have to neck their whole glass.
Moore declared after 28 minutes: “So Slimani’s comments to Wayne Barnes – perhaps they were discussing Donald Trump’s version of ‘Covfefe’ and whatever that meant, I don’t know.”
Rugby fans were delighted with his antics and praised him for the daring act.
David Peacock tweeted: “Brian Moore has deffo had a look at the 6 nations drinking game after dropping the phrase ‘covfeve’ which means you have to down your drink.”
Lord Tinydong added: “Feeling like the drinking game is over the worst, and Brian Moore just managed to get ”Covfefe” into #FRAVIRE comms.”
Shona Grace said: “Brian Moore clearly bored of this match.. throwing in a drinking game phrase every now and then for fun. #rbs6nations”
Ewan May agreed: “Brian Moore trying to screw over anyone doing the Six Nations drinking game by saying ‘covfefe’.”
And the creator of the game even applauded his efforts.
Welsh Dalai Lama declared: Well we have been treated to a commentating masterclass in that first half. Unconfirmed reports that at 80 minutes, Brian Moore intends to streak, wearing nothing but a lime green and pink paisley scarf. Well played.”
The commentary team consisted of Luke Fitzgerald, Moore and Eddie Butler.
Last night the BBC refused to comment when asked about the game by The Sun.
Moore’s spokesman did not respond.