Sean O'Brien criticises British and Irish Lions coaching setup

Sean O'Brien claims that the British and Irish Lions could have defeated New Zealand with more effective coaching.

British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O'Brien has criticised the national team's coaching setup following their Test series draw with New Zealand.

The Irishman has claimed that the Lions could have secured a historic victory had they been coached more effectively.

"If we had a little more structure during the weeks, and more of an attack gameplan, driven way earlier in the tour, I think we could have won 3-0," BBC Sport quotes O'Brien as saying.

"With the players we had, we should have won the series."

Lions chief executive John Feehan has responded to O'Brien's remarks, insisting that the "best coaching team available" was in place and praising the Lions' performances against New Zealand.

"People will always have their views on what could have been done better but the fact is that, against all the odds and with limited preparation time, this squad became only the second Lions team in history to either win or draw a series in New Zealand in 13 attempts," he said.

"That achievement cannot be underestimated."

The 1-1 draw marks only the second stalemate between the two teams in history.

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Lions head coach Warren Gatland smiles after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013
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