Brian’O’Driscoll has spoken openly with Warren Gatland about the omission from the last Lions squad in the 2013 tour for the final test.
Brian spoke painfully on the week building up the game which eventually led to Rob Howley and Warren Gatland informing him before the selection meeting.
In that game Brian was replaced by Jonathan Davies who had a solid game where he was noted for defensive display. The lions went on to take a dominant victory 16-41 in the final test of the tour which for many justified Warren Gatland’s decision to drop the Irish legend. But for the player it remains one of his darkest weeks in rugby.
Brian started out the week hoping to be captain as Sam Warburton out, not to mention he had been sent out on media work at the start of the week, which as Brian pointed out during this interview would have been expected of somebody guarenteed to be playing. The Irishman had even refrained from a few beers on the Sunday after the game as he knew at his ripe old age of 34 would have left him at a disadvantage for the game.
Sadly for Brian this kind of moment is something that will happen to all players, but for a man like him it was always likely to be high profile moment and the last test of a Lions tour doesn’t get much bigger. But in no way does this detract from Brian O’Driscoll as a player, he delivered year on year and would be a certainty in many a persons dream 15.
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