Wednesday 6 May 2015

David Campese: Gatland has handed the series to Australia

Published 03/07/2013 | 12:03

Lions coach Warren Gatland
Lions coach Warren Gatland

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.

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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