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Rory Best has responded to Sean O'Brien's comments about summer Lions tour

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After a valiant and very much well-deserved draw against New Zealand in the summer, most Lions supporters and players came away happy to share the accolades with the best team in the world.

However, one man who didn't deem the draw good enough, was Sean O'Brien, who led quite the scathing attack on his own setup, with the coaches especially getting the brunt of his comments. O'Brien argued that the All Blacks were there for the taking and with better preparation, they could've dominated the series.

This damaging assessment of the team hasn't sat right with Irish hooker Rory Best, who captained the midweek side and believes O'Brien should have thought about his comments before he let them into the public light, causing unnecessary drama for the squad.

"Sometimes we just look at the negatives. Sean expressed an opinion. He probably shouldn't have singled out one guy in particular," Best said, as per the Irish Mirror.

"There are better ways of doing it. Seanie doesn't necessarily go the way most people perceive is the best way."

Best did, however, have some sympathy towards the Leinster flanker who has received a lot of criticism for his last outburst towards the Lions coaches.

He added: "After the first Test, he felt like he was in the position he said he was - tired and over-trained.

"It's hard for me to comment on that. I didn't play in that game.

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"I know how I like to feel going into Test matches. I wasn't playing so I don't know where I was. It was a really good bunch of boys and real quality there. I really enjoyed it.

Surprisingly the players haven't been asked for their feedback by any of the coaches or the Lions board but Best thinks they might have already heard enough

"Normally we would be - maybe they've got all the feedback they want at this stage!" he joked.

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The Ulster captain explains how a more intelligent course of action in the future could stop any potential negativity coming out of the camp, as has been the case on this occasion.

"That's the easiest thing. Come in, hand out forms, whatever way it is - I do think it's important to hear the feedback. There are better ways of doing it."

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