Brian O'Driscoll backs Warren Gatland for 2017 Lions coaching job
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Former British and Irish Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll has backed Wales coach Warren Gatland to lead the 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand.
Gatland, 52, controversially dropped the Ireland legend from the decisive Test win against Australia in 2013.
O'Driscoll told the Daily Telegraph that Gatland and Ireland boss Joe Schmidt are the best options for 2017.
The 37-year-old added Gatland's style "is probably something that lends itself to the short lead-in time".
The Lions face New Zealand three times in a five-week tour in 2017, with the first Test coming after six build-up games over three weeks.
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British and Irish Lions chief executive John Feehan has said Gatland is the leading contender to take charge again.
The Welsh Rugby Union would again back their national coach, who was assistant to Ian McGeechan for the 2009 tour to South Africa that ended in a 2-1 defeat.
Gatland selected Wales' Jonathan Davies ahead of O'Driscoll to partner Jamie Roberts for the crucial Test in Sydney three years ago.
Former Ireland captain and Lions hooker Keith Wood described the decision as "a terrible mistake".
The Lions won 41-16 without O'Driscoll, but Wood stood by his comments.
O'Driscoll says he would partner Davies with England's Manu Tuilagi were he selecting the team now.
"I will get absolutely lambasted in Wales for not picking Roberts, but I think you have to have Manu in there and I don't think you play him and Jamie together," said O'Driscoll.
That would be the same Sir Clive who made a complete pigs ear of the last Lions tour to NZ with Alaistair Campell as PR guru and countless specialists and too many English players ( I am English).
The only way to beat NZ is with heads up quick ball rugby, some thing that Gatland won't do.
SA were the best team in the world in '09 and we were on O'Gara moment of stupidity from drawing that series. Australia were a shadow of the side they are now, playing a winger at 10 with no Pocock/Hooper. With the quality available we should have whitewashed them with ease.
Crucially...he is the only coach in the NH who has experience actually beating the All Blacks. That presumable counts for nothing!
I am Welsh, but I do think Gats would still be the best choice. It should be a well earned English majority with the classiest from the other 3 nations imho.
BOD's right there.
That is your opinion just like they had their opinions.
The fact that the Lions won the 3rd test doesn't mean they were wrong and they have nothing to retract. As I remember, they didn't say 'The Lions will lose without BOD', just that he should have been picked.
But, Sexton may not make it, as he may have retired or been forced too by then, Itoje if he continues is a certain starter, Warburten needs to regain his form and at FB we are spoilt Halfpenny, Hogg & Brown.
Nothing like The Lions
Barely won the series last time against a very poor Aussie outfit. In fact, we WOULDN'T have won if not for a slip during the kick by Beale.
Would much rather have Schmidt or Cotter. They know how to get the best out of what they've got and are more likely to build a team to score tries which is desperately needed against SH opposition.