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Brian O'Driscoll fired up after Warren Gatland's Lions snub, says Stephen Ferris

By Jonathan Bradley

The eagerly-awaited showdown between Brian O'Driscoll and the man who controversially replaced him in that Lions game is off.

Jonathan Davies has been left out of the Wales team to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, which will rob the fans of what was sure to be a lively confrontation.

But O'Driscoll won't have to look too far for an added Six Nations incentive at the weekend – because sitting on the opposing bench will be the very man who chose Davies over him.

And, even though Wales and Lions coach Warren Gatland's selection paid off in Australia last summer with the visitors winning both the match and the series, try telling O'Driscoll – or any Irish rugby fan for that matter – that dropping the legendary No.13 influenced the ultimate outcome.

Drico's Ireland team-mate Stephen Ferris, who will miss the Six Nations because of injury, said: "It will be talked about between a few players behind closed doors.

"As he (O'Driscoll) said, Warren Gatland is not on his Christmas card list and I'm sure Drico will have something in there that could give him that extra 10 per cent."

Ferris admitted, however, that Gatland is a formidable coach.

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