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Brian O'Driscoll. Photo by: Getty Images

Brian O’Driscoll resented Warren Gatland’s decision during Lions

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Brian O'Driscoll. Photo by: Getty Images

Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll has revealed his resentment towards Warren Gatland after he was dropped for the final and decisive Lions test against Australia in the summer.

O’Driscoll has also confirmed in a series of interviews in his native Dublin that he will definitely retire from professional rugby after this season.

Dricco told Sky Sports that he is still resentful towards Gatland after he ended his Lions career before the final test against Australia which the tourists won to secure the series.

“Do I resent him? Yeah, there’s resentment of course,” he told Sky Sports. “Is he on the Christmas card list -- unlikely.

“When you’re left with disappointment that way, you can’t but feel a little bit of resentment you know.

“People will say the decision was justified because of the results and the performance I guess. 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’s absolutely not taking anything away from Jonathan’s performance, I thought he was pretty good that day, 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.”
O’Driscoll also told Newstalk that he will not play for Leinster or Ireland beyond this season.

“This is the ‘one more year.’ I had to think long and hard about playing an extra season and there were a number of factors.

“I had to talk to my wife Amy and listen to my body, I had to learn if I was still wanted in the Leinster set-up and the Irish set-up.”

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