Wales boss Warren Gatland insisted that their match against Ireland would not be blighted by any lingering fall-out with Brian O'Driscoll.
Wales coach Warren Gatland insisted that their upcoming match against Ireland would not be blighted by any lingering fall-out with Brian O'Driscoll.
Gatland, who as Ireland coach gave the star centre his Test debut, came in for fierce criticism when, as British and Irish Lions boss, he dropped the Irish centre great for the deciding final Test against Australia in Sydney last year, which the tourists won 41-16 to seal a 2-1 series triumph.
“As far as I am concerned, that's dead and gone,” Gatland said after seeing Wales launch their bid for an unprecedented third straight outright Six Nations title with a tough 23-15 win over Italy.
“It's not about Brian and myself. Brian has moved on, I have moved on. It is about 46 players and two nations playing an international next week.
“The game is more important than myself and Brian, and if people want to make an issue out of that for next week, to me it is just lazy journalism. Move on,” the New Zealander insisted ahead of Ireland's tournament bow at home to Scotland on Sunday.