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Saturday 24 February 2018

Gatland not on Christmas card list – O'Driscoll

Warren Gatland and Brian O'Driscoll following the third Lions Test
Warren Gatland and Brian O'Driscoll following the third Lions Test

RUGBY Ruaidhri O'Connor

BRIAN O'DRISCOLL has admitted that he resents Warren Gatland's controversial decision to drop him from the Lions squad to play Australia in July's crucial third Test.

The legendary Ireland centre admitted that the shine of winning his first Lions series was taken off by the New Zealander's call and that he would not look back on it with the same fondness as his Heineken Cup and Grand Slam triumphs, despite starting the first two clashes with the Wallabies.

"Do I resent him? Yeah there's resentment, of course. Is he on the Christmas card list? Unlikely," he told Sky Sports.

"People will say the decision was justified because of the result and the performance. I guess the way the team played, I felt that I might have been able to do a decent job, the way they played in that game.

"What should have probably been one of the greatest achievements in my career hasn't unfortunately turned out to be that case. I'll probably look on some other things that I have won with greater affection because of the manner in which the series finished. Again, I don't apologise for that, that's just my gut, it's just how I feel.

"When you have achieved a bit of success, you do get selfish for it and you can't get enough. It's not about waving goodbye to everyone and this is the end. It's about doing laps of the pitch with the trophy and sharing those great moments with team-mates."

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