Already the reaction to the reports of Warren Gatland calling up Kristian Dacey, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Gareth Davies, Alan Dell and Finn Russell into the Lions squad next week is resoundingly negative.
Let the fallout commence https://t.co/TAbfO4vSvB
— Pundit Arena Rugby (@PunditRugby) June 16, 2017
Although the aforementioned players would undoubtedly wear the shirt with complete and utter pride, it seems that their selection is due to the location of where Scotland and Wales are currently playing their summer tours. Scotland face the Wallabies this weekend at Allianz Stadium in Sydney while Wales faced off against Tonga in Auckland.
Really hoping that report around Gatland's call ups isn't true. It diminishes the jersey and is an insult to the legends who wore it
— Sean McMahon (@Sean_McMahon89) June 16, 2017
There are numerous players who many believe should be ahead in terms of call-ups, including Joe Launchbury, who we’re sure wouldn’t mind the thirteen-hour trek from Argentina one bit if it meant pulling on the famous red jersey.
England head coach Eddie Jones believes that your geographical location doesn’t merit Lions selection – something which we believe most people would agree with.
“It’s only a 13-hour trip from here to New Zealand,” Jones told the BBC from Argentina.
“The [England] boys could be there. The Lions is a prestigious team – when you become a Lion, you’re remembered for life.
“My only comment would be I would like to see it picked on merit rather than geographical proximity.”