IT WAS the decision that shook the nation and left the Lions reeling ahead of Saturday's third Test against Australia.
But what impact will Warren Gatland's ruthless decision to omit Brian O'Driscoll from his matchday 23 have on the tourists' chances of winning a first series since their victory in South Africa in 1997.
Former Lion and Evening Herald columnist Neil Francis joins the Irish Independent’s Ruaidhri O'Connor to discuss a decision that could define the New Zealander's coaching career.
In the cold light of day and putting national allegiances to one side, was it the correct call to pick Jonathan Davies ahead of the 34-year-old. Is winning ugly enough for the Lions?
And the big question, is there enough in the 23 players who have been selected to get them over the line?
Find out what Francis thinks and then join in the debate on independent.ie.