O’Driscoll not looking for revenge

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll claims he has no axe to grind with Keven Mealamu in the forthcoming Test series against New Zealand. [more]

Lions Australia Tour 2013

Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll claims he has no axe to grind with Keven Mealamu in the forthcoming Test series against New Zealand.

The last time O’Driscoll toured the country – as captain of last year’s British & Irish Lions party – he lasted only one minute of the first Test before picking up a dislocated shoulder after a tackle from Mealamu and Tana Umaga.

The Munster centre did not play again in 2005 after that tackle, which saw the hooker and ex-All Black captain cited.

The furore over the tackle dominated the Lions tour, which ended in a 3-0 series win to the hosts, but O’Driscoll insists it has all been forgotten.

"Of course it was a difficult moment in my life and in my career but I’m a big believer in time healing all wounds," O’Driscoll said.

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"As soon as I started playing again I just got on with the rest of my life and signed it off to a chapter in my life that probably wasn’t the most positive, but you’re going to get them.

"There’s no ill feeling, it’s just one of these things that happened.

"Tana’s not a dirty player and likewise Keven, so you just accept them for what they say and get on with it."

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