andymacandy wrote:And can I just record that I think its a nonsense that Alan Dell is a Lion, when Hartley and Launchberry are not.
To be honest, I am not as worked up about it as everyone else seems to be. Gatland has no intention of any of the recently called up players actually taking part in a test match so I don't think he is really devaluing anything. In fact it would probably be more insulting to call up Launchbury and fly him to the other side of the world just to be training ground fodder and to keep the bench warm in the mid-weekers. That status is far better suited to the players he has called up. Besides, the decision to take Kruis isn't looking that daft at the moment.
And I always liked the wild card aspect of the Lions squad anyway: like when Guscott got called up after just one Mickey Mouse international for England (and went again when the De Glanville/Carling farce meant that the country's best centre by a country mile couldn't get on the pitch for them), or when the uncapped Alun Lewis went in the 1970s.