Feb 8, 2014 at 2.30pm UK
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Paul O'Connell defends Warren Gatland style

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell believes that Wales coach Warren Gatland has been unfairly criticised for his style of rugby.

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has insisted that Wales coach Warren Gatland has been unfairly criticised for his style of rugby, ahead of this weekend's Six Nations match between the two nations.

The Australian press used the term 'Warrenball' to describe the way that Gatland's British and Irish Lions side played as they secured a series win over Australia last summer.

O'Connell, who was part of the Lions team that successfully toured Down Under, believes that Gatland deserves more credit.

"I think it's a bit of an unfair tag, obviously because they're big men you just think their game's all about physicality," O'Connell told BBC Sport.

"But there's an incredible amount of subtlety to what they do as well. I remember seeing that in the last two tours."

Gatland was appointed Wales coach in 2007.

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