O'Driscoll 'resents' Gatland over snub
September 5, 2013
Brian O'Driscoll had to watch the third Test from the sidelines © Getty Images
Brian O'Driscoll has said he feels resentful towards British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland after he was dropped for the series decider against Australia.
O'Driscoll started both of the Lions' first two Tests against the Wallabies, but with the series poised at 1-1, Gatland dropped O'Driscoll and opted to field 10 Wales players in the starting line-up for the third. The decision provoked a backlash of criticism with ex-Lions venting their disbelief at Gatland's call to drop one of the northern hemisphere's most decorated players.
And O'Driscoll has admitted being dropped still hurts. "Do I resent him [Gatland]? Yeah, there's resentment of course," O'Driscoll told Sky Sports. "Is he on the Christmas card list - unlikely. When you're left with disappointment that way, you can't but feel a little bit of resentment you know."
In the end, the Lions cantered to a comfortable 41-16 win over the Wallabies and the tourists had their first series win since 1997. O'Driscoll, who has confirmed this season will be his last, says he feels no resentment to the two men who were picked in the centres for the third Test - Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts - but feels he could have brought something to the team.
"People will say the decision was justified because of the results and the performance I guess," O'Driscoll added. "The way the team played I felt within the 13 jersey that I might have been able to do a decent job within that part of the team the way they played in that game.
"That's absolutely not taking anything away from Jonathan's performance, I thought he was pretty good that day, made some big plays at important times. But I guess it comes back to you backing yourself, feeling you too could have done some things that maybe others didn't do on the day."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Download ESPN's new UK multisport app, a fresh and powerful new way to follow your favourite UK sports news, scores and video.
Communication error please reload the page.
Alex Dreyfus, CEO of the Global Poker Index, envisioned the day when he purchased the European Poker Awards two years ago. While the Europeans have had an annual awards celebration for over a decade, America has never seen a poker awards experience before
Unbeaten heavyweight Anthony Joshua has hinted at a potential fight with American veteran Tony Thompson
The Manor Marussia F1 team has confirmed it will take part in the Australian Grand Prix in less than two weeks after naming Stephen Fitzpatrick as the man behind its financial revival
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has been forced to recall three players from club duty in order to cover player injuries
Four of England's top golfers will take turns hosting the British Masters when the event returns to the European Tour schedule this year
Join Steve Bunce and Barry Jones each week for the latest news, views and debate from the boxing world.
Head injuries are not a trivial matter in sport - especially in one which will never fully eliminate the danger posed to its drivers
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was so delighted with his side's last-gasp win over West Brom that he said the three points were better than his wife winning the Euro Millions jackpot
He may try and play down his obsession with his appearance, but Cristiano Ronaldo has apparently been sending a personal stylist to regularly brush up his waxwork model
Paul Butler tells Inside Boxing he turned down the chance of a trial with Liverpool in order to focus on boxing - and it was the right choice
Rafael Benitez has raised concerns about the long-term fitness of Chelsea captain John Terry after revealing the defender is trapped in "a vicious circle" regarding his persistent knee injury
John Terry says he is fighting for his family's future but has pledged never to play for another club when his time at Chelsea comes to an end
Carl Froch has challenged Andre Ward to step into enemy territory at Nottingham Forest's City Ground for their proposed super-middleweight title unification bout
Louis van Gaal has come to the defence of Angel Di Maria after the midfielder's Manchester United career reached a new low when he was taken off at half-time in Saturday's 2-0 win over Sunderland
Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has been charged with violent conduct for elbowing West Ham's Diafra Sakho, the Football Association has announced
Eight years ago, Steve Bunce was offered the chance of buying a 'share' in Tyson Fury, and it would have been a shrewd investment if he had the money
After enduring a tricky start to his Manchester United career, perhaps it is fair that Marcos Rojo celebrated so boisterously as he watched his first professional club Estudiantes beat fierce rivals Gimnasia
The idea of Chelsea squeezing in a quick 20-minute Wembley celebration before getting back to work is both admirable and typically soulless, writes Alan Tyers
A basketball match between Bilbao Basket and Laboral Kutxa Baskonia in the Spanish ACB League was marred by a brawl that erupted in the closing stages of the game
Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher marked his return to football punditry by coining a new name for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers