Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll is said to be “gutted” after having been left out of the Welsh team to play South Africa in Cardiff this weekend by Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
Universally regarded as the best player of his generation on the planet and widely expected to have been named Welsh captain this weekend, O’Driscoll will now have to make do with a place in the Ireland squad to face Samoa.
“ It was such a tight call,” admitted Gatland, “probably the toughest decision of my career, but I had to take into account the form of Jonathan Davies and Scott Williams and the fact that Brian is Irish”.
O’Driscoll’s supporters in Ireland have reacted furiously with former Ireland and Lions hooker Keith Wood describing Gatland as a "feckin eejit" and labelling the decision as "a terrible, awful, dreadful, woeful, diabolical mistake."
"There's definitely a pro-Welsh bias in selection. There are far too many Welsh players in this Wales team."