heineken
 

Euro finals affect Lions selection

Mon, 13 May 2013 15:02
Large warren gatland lions media Large b i lions general Large b i lions team pic Large sam warburton   warren gatl Large warburton gatland630

B&I Lions coach Warren Gatland said players who are not involved in European finals could have an advantage for the first Test against Australia.

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland said Monday that players who have no involvement in upcoming domestic and European finals could give themselves an advantage when it comes to gaining a place for the first Test against Australia.

Gatland added he faced a nervous wait over the next few weeks, with several of his 37-man squad involved in major matches - the likes of Ulster, Leinster, Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints.

Those players not involved in those club finals will be the ones who will face the Barbarians in the Lions' tour opener in Hong Kong on June 1.

"The first three-and-a-half weeks will be about preparation for the first Test," Gatland said.

"The players that prepare for that first game [in Hong Kong] are going to have the biggest advantage on tour.

"They are the players not involved in the finals so they are going to have the best preparation in the next couple of weeks. The players coming back from finals are going to be at a disadvantage because of their lack of preparation time.

"So, the team that plays the Barbarians should be in reasonable shape in terms of their preparations in the next couple of weeks."

But Gatland insisted he did not want players holding themselves back while on club duty in order to save themselves for the Lions.

"It's tough for the players in terms of they know a few days after a big game they are on the plane," he said.

"There's a bit of trepidation about not picking up injuries. But if you go in with that attitude and try and look after yourself there is more chance of picking up an injury.

"So the advice to those players is to go hell for leather."

After the Barbarians match, the Lions travel to Australia where they play four more tour games before the first of three Tests with the Wallabies in Brisbane on June 22.

The Lions, made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, have not won a Test series since defeating South Africa in 1997.

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 04 September 2015
Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs 17h10 Loftus Versfeld
Connacht v Dragons 18h30 Sportsground
Ulster v Ospreys 18h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Leinster 18h35 Edinburgh
Sat, 05 September 2015
Sharks v Pumas 13h00 Kings Park, Durban
England v Ireland 13h30 London
Western Province v Griquas 15h05 Newlands
Wales v Italy 16h00 Cardiff
Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets 16h15 Scotstoun
Golden Lions v EP Kings 17h10 Ellis Park
Munster v Treviso 18h45 Musgrave Park
France v Scotland 19h00 Paris
Sun, 06 September 2015
United States v Australia 00h30 Chicago
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 13h30 Cardiff
EUROPEAN CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 6 5 0 1 22
Saracens 6 4 0 2 17
Munster 6 3 0 3 15
Sale Sharks 5 0 0 5 2
Leinster 6 4 1 1 20
Wasps 6 3 1 2 18
Harlequins 6 4 0 2 18
Castres 6 0 0 6 1
Toulon 6 5 0 1 22
Leicester Tigers 6 3 0 3 13
Ulster 6 2 0 4 12
Scarlets 6 2 0 4 8
Bath 6 4 0 2 19
Toulouse 6 4 0 2 17
Glasgow Warriors 6 3 0 3 15
Montpellier 6 1 0 5 6
Racing Metro 6 5 1 0 24
Northampton Saints 6 4 0 2 19
Ospreys 6 1 1 4 9
Treviso 6 1 0 5 4