O'Driscoll joins third Test absentee list

CENTRE Brian O&rsquo;Driscoll has become the latest British and Irish Lions player to be ruled out of Saturday&rsquo;s third and final Test through injury.<br /><br />O&rsquo;Driscoll suffered concussion in last weekend&rsquo;s series-clinching defeat in Pretoria, and doctors have decided he will not recover in time to finish the tour. Prop Adam Jones joins O&rsquo;Driscoll in returning home, where he will continue his rehabilitation from the dislocated shoulder he sustained in the second Test.<br /><br />Jones&rsquo;s front-row colleague Gethin Jenkins will stay with the squad despite his fractured cheekbone, but is definitely out of the dead rubber in Johannesburg.<br /><br />Winger Tommy Bowe and centre Jamie Roberts &ndash; the other two Lions players hospitalised in the dramatic and bruising 28-25 defeat &ndash; could yet recover from elbow and wrist injuries respectively by the weekend.<br /><br />South Africa, meanwhile, have confirmed they will appeal the two-week ban handed to lock Bakkies Botha for the shoulder charge that injured Jones. Botha escaped punishment during the match but was cited after the Test and, following a disciplinary hearing on Sunday, suspended for a fortnight.<br /><br />But the Springboks, who have adopted an unapologetically aggressive stance throughout the series, insist Botha acted legally.<br /><br />&ldquo;We certainly don&rsquo;t see any wrong-doing in that challenge and if it wasn&rsquo;t for the injury which came from it, I don&rsquo;t think anything would have been said about it,&rdquo; said assistant coach Dick Muir. &ldquo;It is a major concern for us.&rdquo;<br /><br />South Africa will not, however, appeal the eight-week suspension handed to flanker Schalk Burger for gouging the eyes of Lions winger Luke Fitzgerald.