There is getting it wrong and there is getting it very wrong, and yes, safe to say, my fears and predictions for the last Lions Test were firmly in the latter. It is scant relief to know that I was far from alone, and not an excuse either, but it is a lesson in passing judgements without talking to any of the guys on the ground.
Why is the O'Driscoll selection of such significance? Because when you walk out to play a 'must win' game, which this third Test certainly is, you need to have a certain number of hardened, experienced winners in that lineup. The Lions have lost Warburton, O'Connell, and Jenkins already, and O'Driscoll was one of the key 'old heads' left to include.
Understandably people are annoyed and upset but what did we expect? Could you really expect Warren Gatland to leave behind the likes of Tommy Bowe, Richie Gray and Dan Lydiate? It's not that he does not have other fantastic options open to him but quite simply he has to pick the best squad that he feels has the ability to defeat the Wallabies.
What has always made the Australians so dangerous is not the power of their forward pack, the skills and pace of their backline but their intelligence. The great Wallaby sides have always had dangerous attacking players out wide and bite and dog up front but more importantly they have often been two steps ahead of their opponents in how they want to play the game.
Wales rugby union coach Warren Gatland suffered multiple fractures to his right heel bone and a fracture to his left heel after falling at his family ...