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Brian O'Driscoll admits British & Irish Lions resentment

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O'Driscoll played no part in third Test (©GettyImages)
O'Driscoll played no part in third Test (©GettyImages).

Ireland rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll has talked of his resentment towards British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland for leaving him out of the deciding third Test against Australia in July.

Having played the first two Tests of the tour, the centre was not even part of the squad as the Lions attempted to claim a first series win since 1997.

With Gatland instead opting for the Welsh centre-pairing of Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies the Lions went on to record a crushing 41-16 in Sydney which quietened the many critics who had been incredulous at O'Driscoll's omission.

However the 34-year-old himself is clearly still hurting over missing out on such an occasion.

"Do I resent him? Yeah, there's resentment of course," he told Sky Sports' Rugby Club.

"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.

"What should have probably been one of the greatest achievements in my career hasn't unfortunately turned out to be that case."

O'Driscoll was on his fourth Lions tour, with this being the first victorious one. But he admitted to not feeling the total satisfaction he would have done had he played in the final test.

"I look back at the tour now and I'm glad I can call it a successful Lions series but do I feel as much a part of it as those guys who took the pitch in the final Test? No I don't think I do," he said.

"People will say the decision was justified because of the result and the performance but the way the team played I felt I might have been able to do a decent job in the 13 jersey.

"That's absolutely not taking anything away from Jonathan Davies's performance; I thought he was pretty good that day ... he 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."

The Leinster centre also confirmed this week that the coming season would be his last for both club and country announcing that he will retire from professional rugby in 2014.

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