He may have angered a few All Blacks fans with his views on the Owen Franks' alleged eye-gouge but Irish great Brian O'Driscoll has fended off any animosity ahead of next year's Lions tour.

The former Irish captain found himself in the middle of a Twitter war after taking to social media to express his opinions on whether the All Blacks prop should have been cited on Saturday.

O'Driscoll was one of many former players to come out against Sanzar's decision not to cite Franks for an alleged eye-gouge during the Bledisloe Cup match against the Wallabies in Wellington.

O'Driscoll tweeted: "This is an absolute sham @WorldRugby ???! Makes a mockery of citing. If nothing comes of this it's a farce."


His tweet incited plenty of debate, from Kiwi fans in particular.

Clyde Rosanowski said, "Was BOD the former holder of the worlds most over rated player who thankfully retired? Can't recall."

Another user posted a photo and video of another alleged eye-gouge from Australia's Scott Fardy on Kieran Read.

O'Driscoll continued to engage the users, saying New Zealand received special treatment and sarcastically saying they are never guilty of foul play.

Once the debate was at its tipping point, O'Driscoll finally broke, taking a dig not just at the All Blacks, but at New Zealand fans as well.

"You lot are so blinded by your beloved team. It bangs of not having a whole lot else."

His tweet was immediately met with disgust and was quickly deleted.

O'Driscoll himself is no stranger to foul play, famously being the subject of Tana Umaga's spear tackle during the British & Irish Lions tour in 2005.


He posted a tweet this morning in response to a question about favouritism towards the All Blacks saying, "Agree with this wholeheartedly. No special treatment *AB fans that feel scrutinised."

After making headlines across media sites in New Zealand, O'Driscoll made it clear on Twitter he was talking to a few fans, not all All Blacks fans.

O'Driscoll said there could be positives out of the unwanted press from his Tweets including possible ambassador roles with Queenstown and the South Island town's famous burger joint Fergburger.