IRELAND'S rugby players' love affair with Twitter turned sour last night as they became embroiled in a row with their online critics.
Jamie Heaslip and Cian Healy both hit out at fans' "negativity" after Ireland's uninspiring win over Scotland at Murrayfield.
One tweeter called on captain O'Driscoll and prop Tom Court to retire while "we still have good memories of how good you were many years ago" and called on the 31-year-old to "Go gracefully".
O'Driscoll later re-tweeted the message, meaning all of his 33,420 followers could read it.
If u got something bad to say, go somewhere else or unfollow... really don't have time for it. results matter, always said that. laters
@ProperChurch (Cian Healy) 'yes, I am happy, we won...so take your negativity elsewhere please...or don't bother following, and thank you to the majority... Church'
'Great win for the boys, let's not forget the massive effort put in by all! Keep the positivity going!'
'Well done to the Irish rugby team! A wins a win and still in with a chance!'
'Scotland 18-21 Ireland bizarre game. Ireland seemed to try to hand it to Scotland, but they did not know how to win it'