Billy Twelvetrees has now been called up to the Lions squad, joining the likes of Alex Corbisiero, Ryan Grant and Simon Zebo who have all flown out from distant places to join the squad in Oz. The burning question is this - where does he pick up his Lions stash and how does he get kitted out in official blazer, shirt, tie, trousers etc?
As the picture shows, Twelvetrees has already posed in a Lions shirt. Does that mean every potential replacement Lion has been issued with kit or did they all share the same shirt for the photo? Or has Billy just popped out to the local Sports Direct in Buenos Aries armed with a fistful of pesos?
Take Alex Corbisiero. When he was called up last week he spent 40 odd hours on a flight and yet arrived at Brisbane airport last week already dressed in Lions polo shirt etc – ok, not too difficult to imagine that he ordered an XXL but the question is where did he pick it up? And the following day he was pictured in the stands at the Queensland match looking very dapper in full Lions regalia but how was he kitted out so quickly? Was his blazer, for instance, made to measure or off the peg? Do the Lions have an endless supply of official clothing of all shapes and sizes or were all potential stand-by players measured up in advance of the tour and clothing produced and shipped out just in case? And is this why the tour has cost a reported £££££ million?
I think we should be told.