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Oh dear BOD: Twitter reacts as O’Driscoll is dropped from the Lions

by Josh Powell | July 3, 2013

There’s a thin line between brave and stupid, and Warren Gatland now walks that line. The British and Irish Lions coach has dropped Brian O’Driscoll for the decisive third test against Australia and caused a Twitter meltdown as fans, ex-players and pundits came out to question his decision.

If, and it is a massive if, the Lions beat Australia, Gatland’s decision could be justified but in the four days before the match all the talk is going to be about BOD’s exclusion. O’Driscoll hasn’t even made the bench for Saturday’s match and a day of mourning is expected to be called in Ireland within the next few hours.

Warren Gatland has made six changes for the match with Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones captaining the side. The Lions are evens for the match, with Australia the slight favourites at 5/6, which isn’t great news for Paddy who paid out on the Lions after the first test.

Lions team to face Australia (yes that’s 10 Welshmen):

Leigh Halfpenny (Wales); Tommy Bowe (Ireland), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Jamie Roberts (Wales), George North (Wales); Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Mike Phillips (Wales); Alex Corbisiero (England), Richard Hibbard (Wales), Adam Jones (Wales), Alun Wyn Jones (captain, Wales), Geoff Parling (England), Dan Lydiate (Wales), Sean O’Brien (Ireland), Toby Faletau (Wales).

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