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I'm ready for BOD fans' fury – Gatland


 Warren Gatland. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA

Warren Gatland. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA

Warren Gatland. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA

WELSH rugby boss Warren Gatland has admitted that he fears he'll receive a frosty reception from fans as his side takes on Ireland in the Aviva Stadium this weekend.

The crunch Six Nations clash is Gatland's first competitive encounter with Irish rugby hero Brian O'Driscoll since he controversially dropped the 35-year-old Leinster star before the deciding test of the Lions' tour last summer.

Speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk, Gatland revealed he had sent O'Driscoll a Christmas card in an attempt to mend their relationship.

"I was contacted by Donnacha Ryan to send a Christmas card to Brian, and I did that," Gatland said.

He joked that he asked BOD to use his influence to limit the "booing" that he is anticipating this weekend.

Saturday's encounter marks O'Driscoll's second-last competitive home game for Ireland, after he announced he would retire at the end of the season.

BOD, who is married to actress Amy Huberman, has openly admitted in the past that he was upset over the Lions boss's decision to drop him.



However, Gatland sounded prepared for the reception he is likely to receive from loyal BOD fans on Saturday afternoon and said "that's part of sport, isn't it".

Meanwhile, Irish rugby star Mike Ross found himself facing a different kind of scrum when his car was involved in a car park smash while he was elsewhere.

The 2014 silver Volkswagen was found stuck in a ruck with the front wheels of a BMW.

The 34-year-old prop reassured fans that he was still ready to line out against Wales and that nobody had been injured.

"Interesting parking technique here! And yes, that is my car underneath," he tweeted, as he shared a picture of the incident.