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England Fans’ Very Mixed Reaction As Gatland Surprises All With Lions Squad Selection


Warren Gatland has finally named his initial 41-man British and Irish Lions squad for this summer’s tour of New Zealand.

Rumours and reports have been swirling this week that a number of presumed English Lions would not be named in the squad. Following Eddie Jones’ side’s superb Six Nations campaign, the likes of Joe Launchbury and Jonathan Joeseph would surely have been shoo-ins but several stories in recent days suggested both would be omitted.

True to style, Gatland has surprised everyone with his choices.

English fans have, unsurprisingly, been quick to let their feelings be known on social media.

While the 37 fortunate few have been revealed, it is a certainty that some of those who missed out on selection could well see themselves being drafted into the touring side over the next eight weeks as injuries take the toll. With domestic and European competitions ongoing and with a bruising ten-match tour facing the Lions, it is inevitable that there will be losses along the way for Gatland.

For those who have missed out today, it is not the end of their Lions dreams or ambitions. A call up is, in reality, only an injury away.

Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena

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