Wednesday 19 June 2019

'He has only played in one Irish team that has beaten Wales' - Warren Gatland has dig at Sean O'Brien over Lions criticism

1 July 2017; British and Irish Lions players, from left, Elliot Daly, Sean O'Brien and Jack Nowell during the Second Test match between New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
1 July 2017; British and Irish Lions players, from left, Elliot Daly, Sean O'Brien and Jack Nowell during the Second Test match between New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Warren Gatland has had a dig at Sean O'Brien over criticism of how he prepared the Lions test team, claiming that the Ireland flanker needs to 'back up' his comments.

O'Brien got a lot of attention after the drawn Lions test series against the All Blacks after questioning how Gatland prepared the team, and although the Wales head coach has refrained from hitting back at O'Brien for the most part, he threw one dig in his direction last night on Off The Ball on Newstalk.

Gatland joined Brian O'Driscoll and Ger Gilroy on stage for a special event, and the conversation eventually turned to O'Brien's comments.

Gatland says that O'Brien has to 'back up' his criticism, and pointed out that the Leinster star has only beaten Wales once in his career, while losing six times.

"The ironic thing is if you are going to come out and be critical, you have got to back it up with other things," Gatland said.

"I went and had a look at things, I've been with Wales for ten years, so Sean didn't play in Chicago when Ireland beat the All Blacks and I know he has had a few injuries but he has only played in one Irish team that has beaten Wales. For me, you have to have a better record than that.

"If you are going to be critical you have to have something to back it up with."

O'Brien's only victory against Wales came at the Millennium Stadium in the first game of the 2013 Six Nations.

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