British and Irish Lions 2013: Australia coach Robbie Deans admits surprise at decision to axe Brian O'Driscoll
The Irish centre will play no part in the final Test
Thursday 04 July 2013
Australia coach Robbie Deans is surprised by Brian O'Driscoll's omission from the British and Irish Lions team for Saturday's deciding Test at ANZ Stadium.
O'Driscoll's Lions career is over after he was dropped by head coach Warren Gatland in favour of the all-Wales duo of Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies for the third and final Test.
"We'd anticipated that Brian would be there, but we haven't spent the time and consideration that the Lions staff will on the matter," Deans said.
"It would have been a great sign off for Brian because he's a legend of the game.
"I have no doubt that he understands the nature of the industry. He's been around long enough to know that and understand that.
"He's been part of many Lions series so it would have been a fitting send off for him, but he'll also have perspective because he's a quality bloke.
"He'll be disappointed and from our perspective it's a little bit of experience gone.
"Those are decisions that aren't made lightly and Warren will have given it due consideration and believes what he has put together will serve him better.
"We have a lot of respect for Brian. He's stung us in the past in 2009, scoring in the last minute for Ireland to draw. He's a class player and class bloke."
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Frank Lampard's face drops when Holly Willoughby introduces him as a 'Man City legend'
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 5 General Election 2015: Stephen Hawking says he will vote Labour
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia
HSBC review into moving headquarters from UK 'underway'