Veteran centre Brian O'Driscoll lifts lid on Lions selection nerves

Last Updated: 06/05/13 3:21pm

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Brian O'Driscoll is relieved to be touring Australia with the Lions

Brian O'Driscoll is relieved to be touring Australia with the Lions

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British & Irish Lions legend Brian O'Driscoll has admitted he suffered nerves before being confirmed in the 2013 squad to tour Australia.

The former Ireland and Lions captain will travel with the cream of the crop for the fourth time but insists he was in the dark along with everyone else over Warren Gatland's decisions.

The 34-year-old told the Irish Examiner: "I was very hopeful but there's always an element of doubt because you don't know what a coach is thinking.

"In 2005 I was captain so I knew I was in, and in 2009 I was told by [coach] Ian McGeechan that I wasn't going to be captain so I knew he wasn't going to drop me from 'You're not captain' to 'By the way, you're not in the squad' in separate conversations.


"But this time around there'd been radio silence from Warren Gatland so when you don't hear there's always an element of doubt.

"But the job isn't done, you judge yourself not on being selected but on winning things, and it took me a long time in my career to win anything of great substance.

"I won a couple of triple crowns with Ireland throughout the 2000s then finally won a [Six Nations] Grand Slam and managed to win a couple of Heineken Cups, but it's come later in my career.

"And I'm only too happy that if I have to wait for a fourth tour to be part of a winning Test series team then so be it. It will have been worth the wait."

Leinster star O'Driscoll confirmed himself as a worldwide star on the 2001 of Australia, when his outstanding solo score secured a Test victory in Brisbane.

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