Saturday 21 October 2017

Ian O'Doherty: O'Driscoll didn't deserve lame end to Lions career

FIRST Mealamu and Umaga. Now Warren Gatland. When historians look back at O'Driscoll's incredible yet infuriatingly unfulfilled Lions career, they will see Kiwi names as the greatest obstacles our greatest player ever faced in the Red.

That despicable spear on him that day in Christchurch eight years ago remains one of the most cynical and devastating acts we have ever seen on a rugby field and while there is no cynicism in Gatland's decision to omit him from the Test 23, this will surely feel no less devastating for the player.

As you would expect, he accepted the news with his customary dignity and honour and, most of all, strength of character.

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