Leicester Tigers and England scrum-half Ben Youngs is not being talked about much ahead of Wednesday’s Lions squad announcement, but most are in agreement that Eddie Jones’ go-to man is likely to be travelling to New Zealand this summer.
While Conor Murray and Rhys Webb are shoo-ins to make the Lions squad, there is real competition for a third spot.
The bookmakers figure that it’s a three-horse race between Greig Laidlaw, Danny Care and Youngs.
With so much talk surrounding other areas of the selection, this could be a position that could spring a surprise.
However, the 27-year-old makes quite a case, and has Lions test experience having featured twice in Australia.
Yesterday afternoon during Leicester’s comfortable victory over Newcastle, the 72-times-capped scrum-half took a quick penalty, before burning the Falcons defence to touch down.
It was a moment of magic from the England international, and it offered a timely reminder to Gatland that it would be a real mistake to let him travel to Argentina with the Red Rose rather than take on the World Cup champions.
Despite a troubled opening to the season, the Tigers have worked their way back into contention in the Premiership, and find themselves in fourth position. With ties against Sale and Worcester remaining, Matt O’Connor’s side are well placed to reach the play-offs.
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