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O'Driscoll, Jones to head home and miss 3rd test

O'Driscoll, Jones to head home and miss 3rd test

British and Irish Lions' Brian O'Driscoll and Adam Jones are out of the final test against South Africa and will fly home on Wednesday after being injured in last week's second test defeat.
Outside center O'Driscoll was concussed in a clash of heads with Springbok reserve Danie Rossouw during Saturday's 28-25 loss that gave South Africa an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
"Being a part of the 2009 British and Irish Lions squad has been one of the highlights of my career," said the Ireland captain, who also led the 2005 Lions in New Zealand. "We were unbeaten leading into the test matches and it is a shame that the results in the tests did not go our way, but sport comes down to fine margins at times.
"We could easily have won the first two tests but it wasn't to be. I have decided to return home to my family this week after a very long season and to ensure I give myself every opportunity to recuperate."
Jones went off with a dislocated shoulder after being smashed in a charging hit by Boks lock Bakkies Botha, who received a two-week ban for the challenge on the Lions prop. The Springboks have decided to appeal against the ruling.
"It is always disappointing to be ruled out of a test series through injury, but I am proud of what the squad and I have achieved on the tour," the Welshman said. "Personally, I will always remember playing in the first two tests and especially running on for my debut in the starting 15 at Loftus Versfeld. My heart will be with the boys on Saturday."
With Gethin Jenkins also ruled out of Saturday's game at Ellis Park with a fractured cheekbone, inside center Jamie Roberts nursing a wrist injury and winger Tommy Bowe having an elbow problem, the Lions will go into the match with a weakened lineup.
If the Lions are beaten in Johannesburg, it will be its eighth straight test loss since the team beat Australia at Brisbane in 2001.
South Africa won the first test 25-21 in Durban.


Updated : 2021-07-24 23:31 GMT+08:00