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21 May 2013; British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland during squad training ahead of the British & Irish Lions Tour 2013. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013 Squad Training, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

21 May 2013; British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland during squad training ahead of the British & Irish Lions Tour 2013. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013 Squad Training, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

21 May 2013; British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland during squad training ahead of the British & Irish Lions Tour 2013. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013 Squad Training, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt has described as "unfortunate" British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland's decision to declare Seán O'Brien unfit for the PRO12 League final at the start of the week.

"I think it is unfortunate what people say about players who aren't theirs," said Schmidt yesterday.

It is no secret that Gatland (left) has made a habit out of making controversial comments, some out of mischief, some out of bad judgement.

"They have their prerogative to talk about players that are in their camp and they've got a lot of guys in camp. I suppose it is just an overlap with the presumption that they are in camp now.

"But, some of those players are still obviously leading into a game. There was a bit of a breakdown in communication, which is unfortunate.

"At the same time, when those things do happen, I don't think there is any great drama," said Schmidt.


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