Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

O'Driscoll Hailed as a Great of the Game

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

O'Driscoll Hailed as a Great of the Game

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BRIAN O'Driscoll was yesterday hailed as "one of the greats" by the player who will wear his trademark number 13 jersey against Australia tomorrow.

Ireland centre O'Driscoll (pictured below) had been expected to start his ninth British and Irish Lions Test - and take over as captain from an injured Sam Warburton - until head coach Warren Gatland dropped a selection bombshell.

Fit-again Jamie Roberts was called into the Lions midfield, with Roberts' regular Wales midfield partner Jonathan Davies moving to outside centre. O'Driscoll did not even make the bench.

Davies, though, has acclaimed the 34-year-old, whose fourth - and undoubtedly final - Lions tour of duty will end with him watching from the stands, rather than tormenting Australia's defence.

"What he (O'Driscoll) has achieved in the game, no other might do," Davies said. "He has been a great player.

"I have admiration for the man and a lot of respect. Brian is one of the greats because of what he's achieved in the game. …

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