Monday 20 January 2020

‘Out of form’ Brian O'Driscoll shouldn’t start for the Lions says former teammate Lewis Moody

30 May 2013; Brian O'Driscoll, British & Irish Lions, during squad training ahead of their game against Barbarian FC on Saturday. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013, Squad Training, So Kon Po Recreation Ground, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
30 May 2013; Brian O'Driscoll, British & Irish Lions, during squad training ahead of their game against Barbarian FC on Saturday. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013, Squad Training, So Kon Po Recreation Ground, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL should not be picked for the Lions to play against Australia, says former England skipper and Lions teammate Lewis Moody.

The former England star believes that there is no place for sentiment if the Lions are to win their first series since 1997.

The centre, who captained the Lions in 2005 in New Zealand, is widely tipped to play resume his partnership with Jamie Roberts. The pair enjoyed a suces

However, the 34 year-old Leinster sta , on current form, would not make Moody's dream Lions team.

"There are so many talented individuals in the Lions squad, and great experience - although I don’t think Brian O’Driscoll will be in the Test side.

"I might be wrong. I would love him to play, and he is such a legend, one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, and a mesmerising player - but at the moment he would miss out through lack of form.

"There is no place for sentiment - it's all about winning. Which Lions tours are memorable? Only the ones which were successful. Winning is all that matters. You pick the guys - whether they have played one match or 100 Tests for their country - who are in the best form at that moment to deliver what needs to be done to get that Test series win.

"For me now the centre partnership would be Roberts and Manu Tuilagi, with the Welsh back three (Alex Cuthbert and George North on the wings with Leigh Halfpenny at full-back) and Jonny Sexton at No 10 and Phillips at scrum-half. Ben Youngs has a chance at scrum-half."

However, in Moody’s opinion, there is better news for Sean O’Brien who Moody feels should be the Lions No 8.

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