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O’Brien sticking by controversial 2017 Lions tour feedback

Former British & Irish Lions flanker Sean O’Brien is sticking by feedback he made after coming back from the Lions’ drawn 2017 collection in New Zealand, insisting Gatland’s males ought to have come away with a 3 – 0 victory over the then World Champion All Blacks.

O’Brien’s feedback have been taken as an assault on Gatland’s teaching technique and got here regardless of many believing the Lions have been fortunate to come back away with a drawn collection in probably the most tough of all nations to tour.

Talking to Garry Doyle of The42.ie, O’Brien is standing over his feedback 4 years on. “I do know it precipitated controversy on the time however my opinion hasn’t modified, we may have gained that collection 3-0.”

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“While you take a look at the gamers we had – there was a lot world-class expertise within the squad, sufficient to have gained all of the Exams. I do know all in regards to the historical past, how the Lions have solely gained seven Exams or one thing like that in New Zealand over time.

“However take a look at what has occurred to New Zealand since 2017. They’re nonetheless an excellent group. However we (Eire) beat them in 2018; South Africa beat them down there in 2018, Argentina had their win final 12 months, England destroyed them within the (2019) World Cup.

“Give it some thought. The Lions not solely had the very best of England but in addition Eire, Scotland and Wales. That’s the place I used to be coming from; we had the gamers to do it. I didn’t intend to insult or undermine anybody by saying that. I definitely don’t need to do this this time as a result of Warren’s a very good coach, the appropriate man to guide this tour. However do I nonetheless assume we may have gained 3-0? Yeah, I do.”

Last weekend Romain Poite revealed to RugbyPass that he got the crucial decision in the Third test, an unintentional offside name, flawed. It was a call that favoured the Lions and left many New Zealanders feeling just like the collection ought to have gone their manner.

“Many individuals known as me after the sport and instructed me: ‘That was a mistake, however it was justice, the appropriate choice to make’ (for the collection to be drawn),” Poite instructed Jamie Lyall and RugbyPass.  “Even the World Rugby workers administration gave me this name. However I mentioned that I’m paid to make a giant choice on the finish of the sport. That was my concern.

“I can promise you once I went again to the altering room, I destroyed the whole lot, as a result of I used to be indignant in opposition to me. That tour was a human story with Jerome Garces, Jaco Peyper and many individuals, as in 2013 with Craig Joubert and Chris Pollock [the referees who took charge of the other Tests]. I felt the refereeing on this tour, 2017, was nice. And what is going to we bear in mind? Simply the final choice of the tour.”

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