The British and Irish Lions will take on New Zealand in less than 24 hours at Eden Park for their first of three Tests against the world champions. Following a six-match build-up, anticipation couldn’t be higher.
Prior to the commencement of the tour, the assumption was that attrition would be high within the squad. The fast-paced and hard-hitting southern hemisphere style of play was expected to take a heavy toll on the tourists.
As a result, Lions head coach Warren Gatland named a 41-man squad for the trip and after nearly four weeks in New Zealand, only two, Stuart Hogg and Ross Moriarty, have succumbed to injury.
The addition of a further six players to the squad in the last week has seen the squad swell to 45 players, almost enough to name two full 23-man sides.
Now, on the eve of the first Test, former England and Lions centre Will Greenwood has revealed that there may be room for one more in Gatland’s squad.
Take a look.
Could it be that recently retired out-half Andy Goode is about to get the most unlikely of call-ups?
Clearly a social media update made in jest between the two former internationals, the suggestion of a Goode call-up mirrors the light-hearted gossip on social media prior to the tour, where it was suggested the 37-year-old could be a potential surprise inclusion in Gatland’s squad.
— Tom Hanson (@twgh32) June 13, 2017
Lions need @AndyGoode10 to save them.
— E.L.W.I (@edirons7) June 7, 2017
Andy Goode for the lions? Well if Shane Williams and Andy Nicol can do it… https://t.co/vz1UoNkZk5
— Pablo Escobar* 🥃🏉 (@bigaljnr) June 16, 2017
— Dáithí (@DidntKillKelly) April 19, 2017
Despite the rumours, it is fair to say Goode is not hanging around the phone.
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