• Luke Cowan-Dickie could be surprise choice at hooker
  • Warm-up games have not provided stern enough challenge

Warren Gatland is entering the business end of his fourth British & Irish Lions tour and never has his huge stash of experience felt more relevant. Facing him and his fellow coaches is the trickiest Lions selection conundrum in years, much of it reliant on gut instinct rather than anything he has specifically seen since arriving in South Africa.

A novice head coach would be clutching his head, wondering how on earth he is meant to pick a bristling Test team to beat the Springboks this Saturday based on the evidence of the outings against South Africa’s leading provinces. Let’s just say the Lions, the Sharks (twice) and the Stormers have not mounted an entirely compelling sales pitch for the United Rugby Championship which will be replacing the old Pro14/16 tournament later this year.

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Source: Rugby – The Guardian