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Eddie Jones Says What We’re All Thinking About Warren Gatland’s Supposed Call Ups

Already the reaction to the reports of Warren Gatland calling up Kristian Dacey, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Gareth Davies, Alan Dell and Finn Russell into the Lions squad next week is resoundingly negative.  

Although the aforementioned players would undoubtedly wear the shirt with complete and utter pride, it seems that their selection is due to the location of where Scotland and Wales are currently playing their summer tours. Scotland face the Wallabies this weekend at Allianz Stadium in Sydney while Wales faced off against Tonga in Auckland.

There are numerous players who many believe should be ahead in terms of call-ups, including Joe Launchbury, who we’re sure wouldn’t mind the thirteen-hour trek from Argentina one bit if it meant pulling on the famous red jersey.

England head coach Eddie Jones believes that your geographical location doesn’t merit Lions selection – something which we believe most people would agree with.

“It’s only a 13-hour trip from here to New Zealand,” Jones told the BBC from Argentina.

“The [England] boys could be there. The Lions is a prestigious team – when you become a Lion, you’re remembered for life.

“My only comment would be I would like to see it picked on merit rather than geographical proximity.”

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