Brian O'Driscoll: I feel the Lions have the edge in the centre and across that back line

Exclusive: BOD shares his thoughts ahead of Saturday's final test

BY Joseph Conroy 22:00 Wednesday 5 July 2017, 22:00 5 Jul 2017


Warren Gatland has shown his hand ahead of Saturday's final test against the All Blacks - and he's gone with the same team as last week.

Former Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll, joined Off the Ball to share his thoughts on the match. He believes that the Lions can win the series if, "they get everything right again and the All Blacks are off-colour."

New Zealand have been forced to reshuffle following last weekend's loss and the suspension of Sonny Bill Williams. 20 year-old Jordie Barrett will make his first start for the All Blacks at fullback.

Ngani Laumape will also earn his first start at 12, while Israel Dagg moves to the right wing and Julian Savea will be on the left flank.

O'Driscoll believes that this team will leave gaps for the Lions:

"I do feel as though the Lions do have the edge in the centre and across that back line I wouldn’t be afraid of anything. I know that the Lions will cause them problems," he told Joe Molloy.

"I think there’s some question marks about that back three and those centres that the Lions should definitely get after," O'Driscoll continued.

Having just returned from New Zealand he also commented on the belief that the squad had going into this series, "I was in with the squad for the first test, they genuinely believe that they are going to win the series."

However, he added that he thinks the All Blacks are likely to edge Saturday's showdown.


Tries from Taulupe Faletau and Conor Murray helped the tourists to a three point win over the reigning World Champions to tie the series last weekend.

The final match will kick off at 8:35am on Saturday.

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