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Friday 24 November 2017

Brian O'Driscoll shows his true class after crushing blow

Brian O'Driscoll looks dejected after being dropped by the Lions for the third and final test against the Wallabies
Brian O'Driscoll looks dejected after being dropped by the Lions for the third and final test against the Wallabies
Brian O'Driscoll signs autographs for young fans at the Noosa Dolphins RFC
Brian O'Driscoll takes a training seesion with the Noosa Dolphins after receiving the news that he was dropped for the Lions third test with Australia
Brian O'Driscoll puts the Noosa Dolphins through their paces

Brian O'Driscoll has illustrated his undoubted class by taking a training session at a local Australian rugby club and signing scores of autographs for young fans after receiving one of the biggest blows of his rugby career.

Since the news broke of his shock omission from Saturday's deciding test against the Wallabies in Sydney, Ireland record tryscorer has shown the dignity and decorum that complements his wondrous talents.

Following the announcement by Warren Gatland that he would not be included in the Matchday 23, O'Driscoll tweeted: "Obviously totally gutted at being left out for deciding Test but all efforts go into preparing the boys to see it through #seaofred."

The Leinster outside centre then took a training session with the Noosa Dolphins rugby team, the team closest to the Lions team hotel, and signed autographs for scores of young people and rugby enthusiasts who turned out to see him.

The man who replaces BOD in the Lions team for Saturday, Jamie Roberts, said O'Driscoll was a class act in reaction to his omission from the test squad.

"It was the most nerve-wracking team selection I have ever had in my career," Roberts said. "To show what kind of guy he was, he (O'Driscoll) was the first guy to come up to me after training today and say 'do you want to do any extras?'"

In 2000, Brian O'Driscoll announced himself on the world stage with a hat-trick of tries in Ireland's victory over France in Paris and since then he has never been in the position of being dropped for a major game unless injured. That makes his actions today even more commendable.

Warren Gatland's decision means that the four-times tourist has donned the famous red jersey for the last time.

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