Brian O'Driscoll surprised but supportive of decision to drop him for final Test

Last Updated: 08/07/13 4:10pm

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Brian O'Driscoll: Forced to sit out the decisive Test in Sydney

Brian O'Driscoll: Forced to sit out the decisive Test in Sydney

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Brian O'Driscoll admits he was surprised to be left out of the British and Irish Lions squad for the decisive Test against Australia, but insists he has no hard feelings.

O'Driscoll, 34, was dropped for Saturday's series-winning 41-16 victory in Sydney as coach Warren Gatland opted for Jonathan Davies at outside centre alongside Jamie Roberts.

Gatland was criticised before the game for the decision, but O'Driscoll says the victory was more important than his own personal ambitions.

"You back yourself to be in the coaches' plans when you have been involved in the first couple of Tests," he told Sky Sports.

Life goes on

"I suppose knowing that Jamie was coming back from injury and Manu [Tuilagi] was back [on the bench], that there was always the chance of being omitted and the fact that he went with a combination that has played together a lot of times, you have to just suck that up. It wasn't an easy thing to hear but life goes on.

"This is never about one person; other guys that are in the 23 have to be able to get on with the job and worry about that themselves."
Brian O'Driscoll

"They had my full support, of course. This is never about one person; other guys that are in the 23 have to be able to get on with the job and worry about that themselves.

"It was a disappointment but it's the guys that don't make the 23 that make or break the tour. You can't mouth words and then not live them when it's your turn."

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