Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Time to lay off Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland
Warren Gatland

When Ireland face Wales in the Six Nations in Dublin on Saturday, much interest will centre on the sub-plot that is Brian O'Driscoll v Welsh coach Warren Gatland.

Gatland dropped O'Driscoll for the deciding test between Australia and the Lions last summer.

It was a decision that made Gatland (pictured) some sort of hate figure in Ireland. Seven months on, the Kiwi still wouldn't win any popularity contests.

I love O'Driscoll, but let's remember without him the Lions won the final test in Australia. Gatland's big call proved to be the right one.

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