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O'Driscoll all about the team - Best

08th February 2014 20:28

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No grudge: Brian O'Driscoll

Ireland hooker Rory Best stated that the squad paid no direct attention to the furore over Warren Gatland and Brian O'Driscoll.

Describing the matter as "unspoken", Best insisted that Brian O'Driscoll wasn't on a mission to prove his axeing from the third Lions Test was wrong, but rather did everything he could, as ever, to help Ireland win.

"I think it wasn't something we talked about, we knew full well about it though of course," said Best.

"You wouldn't need to be a genius to work out all the stuff that's been written in the summer and effectively ever since.

"But like I said, Drico didn't go out of his way to prove any points one-on-one, he played within the team system like he's done all his career, and yet again he was fantastic, to make sure that what's important to us, the team performing and the team winning, to make sure that happened."

Gatland revealed in the build-up to the Six Nations that he had jokingly written in a Christmas card to O'Driscoll asking for the Irish fans not to boo him.

The Wales coach, whose side were humbled 26-3, praised the Irish crowd for being respectful throughout.

"They are probably the most respectful fans in the world," said Gatland.

"I've been overwhelmed the last couple of days the reception here and hospitality shown in Ireland.

"Everywhere I've gone people have just said good luck and enjoy the match."

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