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David Campese: Gatland has handed the series to Australia

Published 03/07/2013 | 12:03

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Wallabies legend David Campese believes Warren Gatland has "handed the series" to Australia by omitting Brian O'Driscoll from this weekend's crucial series decider in Sydney.

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Campsese, celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere for gifting the 1989 Lions a famous series win with his huge mistake, believes Gatland's Lions will fall because they have no "match winner".

Campese wrote on twitter:  "Lions team info. Sorry but you have just handed to series to Australia. 7 changes and still no real match winner."

The 50 year old's calamitous error in his own 22 gifted Iuen Evans a try that ultimately led to Australia's defeat in the final test in 1989 and a series victory for the Lions.

All Black Dan Carter, without question the world's best fly-half, said that BoD should have skippered the Lions this weekend, and wrote: "There must be some angry Irish out there waking up to see @BrianODriscoll not playing this weekend. #ShouldBeTheCaptain."

Brian Moore and Will Greenwood, both former Lions, were similarly shocked. "BoD not even being on the bench is a strange call," wrote ex-hooker Moore, while World Cup winner Greenwood said: "Incredible range of opinions re Selection ... Gatland will do his own explaining but 'Ballsy' re Bod is an understatement."

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