England exile Chris Ashton should be considered by Warren Gatland for the British and Irish Lions tour this summer, according to Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall.
The 29-year-old turned in another strong performance at the weekend, scoring two tries in Saracens’ 53-10 mauling of Bath on Sunday.
On the back of that performance, McCall has extolled praise on the soon to depart winger, insisting that Lions head coach Gatland should consider Ashton for a place in the 37-man squad next month.
Reported by the Independent, McCall believes Gatland should be looking at the former rugby league star before finalising his squad choices.
“Chris was really good, you could see what a clever rugby player he is.
“He did a lot of things in the game that people don’t give him credit for in terms of the attacking kicks used and where he pops up.
“Sean Maitland on our other wing was good and the two of them gave performances that Warren Gatland might be interested in.
“Chris showed enough out there to make people curious and to have a look and it was the same with Sean as well.”
McCall went to on to reveal that he has not heard a word from the Lions boss regarding player availability for the summer tour.
“[I’ve] Not spoken to Warren. Warren Gatland hasn’t asked about the availability of any of our players.”
With the likes of Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola all contracted to the club and expended to be chosen to tour New Zealand this summer, it seems that call isn’t too far away.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena