Jamie Roberts: 'Brian O'Driscoll is a Lions legend'

Roberts: 'O'Driscoll is a legend'
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Jamie Roberts pays tribute to "Lions legend" Brian O'Driscoll after the Irishman was omitted from Saturday's final Test against Australia in what is likely to be his last tour.

Jamie Roberts has expressed his belief that Brian O'Driscoll will go down as a British and Irish Lions legend.

O'Driscoll was surprisingly and controversially omitted from the Lions squad to face Australia in Saturday's series decider, with Roberts and fellow Welshman Jonathan Davies being preferred in centre.

With the decision seemingly bringing an end to a storied Lions career for O'Driscoll, Roberts was keen to pay tribute to the 34-year-old.

"The coach picks the team. Warren [Gatland] has picked the team he thinks will go out there and beat Australia on Saturday. That changes week, week out, with injuries and performances," said Roberts.

"Thousands of people have said it before me and thousands of people will say it after me, Brian is one of the most incredible players I have played with or against in rugby union. He will be remembered as a Lions legend, I am sure.

"Brian is a leader, I've tasted that playing alongside him. He's a force, and it is up to me and Jon now to lead the way in midfield and take that responsibility and thrive under the pressure."

O'Driscoll has taken part in four Lions tours since his first in 2001, scoring one try in his eight Test appearances.

British and Irish Lions' Jamie Roberts runs with the ball during their rugby tour match against NSW and QLD combined country on June 11, 2013
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