Brian O'Driscoll resents Warren Gatland's decision to drop him

Last Updated: 01/10/13 2:58pm

Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll has admitted that he still feels resentment towards Lions coach Warren Gatland over his omission from the team for the third Test against Australia this summer.

The 34-year-old toured with the Lions for the fourth time this year and played in the first two Tests, which were shared.

With tour skipper Sam Warburton sidelined by injury, O'Driscoll appeared to be a leading candidate to lead the side in the deciding Test but instead he was left out of the 23-man matchday squad altogether.

Gatland opted for an all-Welsh midfield of Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies, and was justified to a large extent, as the Lions romped to a 41-16 series clinching win.

Asked if the decision still rankled with him, O'Driscoll told The Rugby Club: "Yeah, there's resentment of course. Is he (Gatland) on the Christmas card list? Unlikely.

"When you're left with disappointment that way, you can't but feel a little bit of resentment.

"People will say the decision was justified because of the results and the performance.

"The way the team played, I felt within the 13 jersey that I might have been able to do a decent job within that part of the team, the way they played in that game.

"That is absolutely not taking anything away from Jonathan's performance, I thought he was pretty good that day and made some big plays at important times.

"But I guess it comes back to you backing yourself, feeling you too could have done some things that maybe others didn't do on the day."