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Gatland: 'Head overruled the heart' on Lions selection

The British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland said the "head overruled the heart" on many of his selection decisions for the final test against Australia in Sydney.

British and Irish Lions Brian O'Driscoll (right) with coach Warren Gatland (left) in June. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Former Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll said he was "totally gutted" at being left out of the squad for the decisive match this Saturday.

Gatland said: "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.

"Brian O'Driscoll is a great player and has had a wonderful career but for the final test in Sydney, we just felt Jamie Roberts' presence offered us something more".

Campese: Lions 'just handed the series to Australia'

Former Australian Rugby Union legend David Campese and current player Matt Giteau have criticised the British and Irish Lions' decision to drop Brian O'Driscoll.

However, former England player Jeremy Guscott praised Warren Gatland's "bold and brave selection".


O'Driscoll 'totally gutted' at being dropped for final Test

Former Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll has said he is "totally gutted" at being left out of the squad for the final and decisive Test against Australia:

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Lions captain Warburton to miss Sydney showdown

The British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton will miss the series-deciding third test against Australia in Sydney after suffering a "significant" hamstring tear.

British and Irish Lions' Sam Warburton leaves the field with an injury during the second test. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

The Welsh loose forward sustained the injury late in Saturday's 16-15 second test defeat in Melbourne, which has left the series at 1-1 before Saturday's Sydney showdown.

The Lions said on their official Twitter feed: "The British & Irish Lions confirmed today that captain Sam Warburton would play no further part in the tour after suffering an injury during the second test.

"He will remain with the tour party for the third test in Sydney on Saturday."


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