Saturday 20 January 2018

O’Driscoll’s omission ‘just doesn’t add up’, warns Tony Ward

RUGBY great Tony Ward says Brian O’Driscoll’s omission from the Lions squad “just doesn’t add up” based on form alone.

“He hasn’t been playing out of his skin but has still been effective in both Tests and he’s done so many good things off the ball,” says Ward, who himself played for the Lions in 1980 in South Africa.

“I’m still in shock. I cannot see how form was the sole criterion.

“All I can think of was that from coach Warren Gatland’s perspective when you’re under pressure, you’re losing, as is very much the case with Lions at the moment, then you revert to type.

“You go back into your comfort zone and that for me is what this squad is all about. There are 10 Welsh players in the squad – that’s no problem if they are the form players.

“But I suspect Gatland’s going back to play a type of game he’s comfortable with.

“From O’Driscoll’s perspective it’s a huge blow. We no longer have his leadership qualities on the field.”

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