Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Sword cuts both ways for Brian O'Driscoll

CAN we finally draw a line under Brian O'Driscoll's omission from the Lions team for the Third Test, by respecting the opinions of the player himself?

On January 18, 2011, O'Driscoll stated publicly, while captain of Ireland, that Warren Gatland, the Wales manager, should leave out the Welsh centre, Gavin Henson, who was available for Wales selection after a series of injuries.

O'Driscoll said: "But when it comes to being selected for the Wales squad for the Six Nations, I don't know about that.

"Centre is an area where Wales have a wealth of talent and experience. No one should be selected on reputation alone."

JOHN HOPWOOD

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