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“We would have won 3-0” – Three Lions stars who punched Warren Gatland after tours – Page 3 of 3

#3. Brian O’Driscoll (2013)

While not playing in the final test was already a bitter pill to swallow, O’Driscoll revealed on The Rugby Centurions podcast on The XV that it was particularly difficult not to take part in training.

“I came by on Friday and our whiteboard said: ‘Non-23 are not needed for training’. I thought, ‘They don’t even want us to hold shields.’ I found that very difficult.

“You just want to connect with it, and that’s the problem with Lions tours – there’s a leading group in that last week that just wants to be home.

“I wasn’t ready to be part of that yet, I just wanted to be part of the group that could make history and even have a small impact in preparing it.

“A few years later I said to Gatland that I thought that was a mistake. They should have given players who wanted to train an option to be part of the collective, because in so many teams it’s the ones who don’t want to. ” are chosen who prepare the team for battle.

“I said that for years as captain and then I suddenly had to live with it. And I couldn’t become a poacher turned gamekeeper because that didn’t suit Gatland.

“I remember it was 48 hours before the competition and I just wasn’t properly involved in the environment,”


Brian O’Driscoll Facts:

  1. He is the fourth most capped player in rugby union history, having played 141 Test matches: 133 for Ireland (83 as captain) and 8 for the Lions.
  2. O’Driscoll now works as a rugby analyst for BT Sport and ITV Sport in the UK.
  3. He is also involved in a number of business ventures, including the Ultimate Rugby mobile app and Zipp, an Irish e-scooter start-up.
  4. O’Driscoll holds the Six Nations record for most tries scored with 26
  5. He was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame on November 17, 2016