Brian O'Driscoll: 'British and Irish Lions axe was a jolt'

O'Driscoll: 'Axe was a jolt'
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Brian O'Driscoll admits that it was a "jolt" to be left out of the British and Irish Lions' final Test against Australia.

Brian O'Driscoll has admitted that it was a "jolt" to be dropped from the British and Irish Lions squad for their final Test against Australia at the weekend.

The 34-year-old was axed by head coach Warren Gatland for the clash, which the Lions won 41-16 to clinch the series in Sydney.

"It came as a jolt," O'Driscoll told BBC Sport. "You back yourself to be part of the coach's plans having been involved in the first couple of Tests.

"Knowing Jamie [Roberts] was coming back from injury and the fact [Gatland] went with a combination that have played together a lot of times, you have to suck that up. Life goes on."

Gatland was criticised for his decision to drop the Ireland international.

Warren Gatland walks from the pitch after series win over Australia on July 6, 2013
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