I think it’s a mistake. A player like O’Driscoll can lift the players around him and cause innumerable problems for the opposition. It’s going to be difficult enough to win the test and series without O’Connell or Warburton. But now O’Driscoll as well?
First time O’Driscoll’s been dropped in his 15-year career. I don’t think Jonathan Davies is playing that well and Jamie Roberts and Manu Tuilagi are just back from injury. I was looking forward to O’Driscoll renewing his Lions centre partnership with Roberts.
It looks like Gatland has gone with his trusted players, picking an amazing 10 Welsh for the Lions! Great to see Sean O’Brien there, hope he’ll cause Australia the same problems as in the 2011 World Cup, but the Lions are lacking impact runners in the back row.
It doesn’t look like there’s gonna be much inventive running in the game, more crash, bang, wallop. Didn’t really work in the 2nd test. Odds are against Lions with fatigue creeping in and Australia with more to play for. Really hope I’ll be proven wrong!
(Btw, the last time Wales had 10 Lions was in 1950. Ironically, that year they also had an Irish out-half, Jackie Kyle, teamed with 2 Welsh centres, Bleddywn Williams and Jack Mathews. This year it’s Jonny Sexton, Jonathan Davies and Jaimie Roberts!).
All credit to O’Driscoll, he seems to be taking the news well. He’s focused on doing his best to help the team picked to win the game (although he would have helped the most by playing!).