Wednesday 24 January 2018

‘He’s gutted but BOD will take the positives from this’, insists biographer Kimmage

British and Irish Lions' Brian O'Driscoll
British and Irish Lions' Brian O'Driscoll

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL is intensely disappointed by his omission from the Lions squad but will only take the positives from his experience on the tour, his biographer Paul Kimmage has insisted

Speaking on the John Murray Show with Miriam O’Callaghan, Kimmage said he was “shocked” to hear that O’Driscoll had been dropped from the Lions team to face Australia in Saturday’s third Test.

Kimmage, who is covering the Tour De France for the Independent in a series of articles and video diaries, compared the fallout to O’Driscoll’s dropping to the Roy Keane Sapian incident of the 2002 World Cup.

O’Driscoll is a very private person, Kimmage insisted and while he might find the media interest in his omission ”amusing”, it wouldn’t mask the fact that he will still be “hurting”. 

Kimmage insisted that O’Driscoll would take the positives from the Lions Tour. “A month or so ago when the squad was being announced, he said he wasn’t sure whether he would be in it. Now he’s played in two Tests and contributed a huge amount. When I started talking to him after the World Cup, he didn’t think he’d still be playing at this stage so what he has achieved has been huge.”

Kimmage also revealed that O’Driscoll’s biography will not be released until he stops playing. “It will probably be out in autumn 2014.”

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