Monday, 1 April 2013

Gatland chooses his Lions

Reports suggest that British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has now finalised his selection for this summer’s tour to Australia.

However it does appear that Gatland, currently on sabbatical from his day job as head coach of Wales, may have decided to set a highly controversial precedent by selecting his squad entirely from the ranks of one nation – Wales.

Sources close to Gatland have confirmed that the recent emphatic Welsh victory over England at Cardiff has persuaded him to go with an all Welsh squad.

The only non-Welshman on Gatland’s radar is believed to have been Italian Sergio Parisse who, despite the Lions’ committee’s best efforts, remains ineligible for the tour.

The Lions’ English coaching duo Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree are said to be deeply unhappy with developments and on the verge of resigning from their positions as assistant coaches – with Shaun Edwards set to come in as defence coach and Ryan Jones set to accept a role as player coach with responsibility for the forwards. Jones will also skipper the midweek dirt-trackers with Gethin Jenkins set to be named tour captain.

Not only will the current Welsh squad be selected en masse, but Dan Lydiate, having recovered from injury, will also feature – as will Shane Williams who has told friends he is prepared to come out of international retirement to make the tour. Perhaps more controversially, former Gatland-favourite Gavin Henson is also believed to have made the cut following his recent form for London Welsh.

1 comment:

Von said...

Nice one. First of the day for me...