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British and Irish Lions poll: Was Warren Gatland right to drop Brian O'Driscoll for the final Test?

The man who had been favourite to replace Sam Warburton as captain will play no part at all against Australia on Saturday


by Simon Rice on Jul 3, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Warren Gatland today announced the shock decision to drop Brian O'Driscoll for the final and decisive Test against Australia on Saturday. An indicator of how unexpected the call was lies in the fact the Ireland centre had never previously been dropped in his 14-year Test career.

Explaining the decision, Gatland said...

It wasn't about leadership - it was about picking what we felt was the best team. Picking this team was not easy and ultimately with several players available after recovering from injury the head overruled the heart in many selection decisions.


But what do you think? Was Gatland right to drop O'Driscoll? And without the Irish centre, do you think the Lions can win the final and decisive Test? Let us know by taking part in our polls by clicking the links below...

WAS GATLAND RIGHT TO DROP O'DRISCOLL?

WHO WILL WIN THE FINAL TEST?

*The polls will remain open until the start of the final Test

You can also let us know your views. Use the 'Make a comment' button and we'll publish the best ones.

  • 7/3/2013 10:55:25 AM
  • 7/3/2013 10:55:42 AM
  • A record-equalling 10 Welshman will start for the Lions in Sydney, but history suggests luck is not on their side writes Jack de Menezes.

    It is the first time O’Driscoll will miss a Lions Test match having not
    been injured, after he missed the majority of the 2005 series following a
    controversial spear tackle by Tana Umaga and Kevin Mealamu, and also
    the final Test in 2009 against South Africa
    .

    To read the full article, click here.
    7/3/2013 10:59:56 AM
  • We've had over 500 votes so far today and perhaps unsurprisingly considering today's anger at Gatland's decision, 63 per cent of you think the Lions head coach made the wrong call. That still leaves 33 per cent of you who think he got it right.
    7/3/2013 3:46:43 PM
  • When it comes to the result in Saturday's Test, 62 per cent of you are backing Australia to win.
    7/3/2013 3:47:15 PM
  • Those figures can all change though - the poll remains open and will do so up until Saturday's Test. Keep on voting!
    7/3/2013 3:47:44 PM
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