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Five big names who WON’T be in the British Lions squad in 2021

Head coach Warren Gatland has revealed he will name the smallest touring party ever assembled for a British & Irish Lions tour in 2021

Gatz took 41 players on the last tour but has revealed the much smaller group next year.

Therefore, the squad who jets off to South Africa next July is sure to leave a few big names behind.

Here, RUCK selects five huge names who we think could very well be the unlucky ones to miss out on selection.

Jonathan Davies (Wales)

Jonathan Davies (Wales)
Jonathan Davies (Wales)

Lads, it’s impossible to deny the center was phenomenal four years ago in New Zealand and he was deservedly the man of the series – but when was the last time he honestly had a decent game? Under Wayne Pivac, the 30-year-old has made five underwhelming appearances with an average score of 5/10 from the player rating section The Rugby Paper during this period. We can pretend he’s the same player all we want, but it’s simply not true.

Jonny May (England)

Jonny May (England)

Might be being a bit brutal here, but May peaked last year and hasn’t been at his try-scoring best for a while now. Failed to score for Gloucester after rejoining them from Gloucester in July with his barren run stretching into his last two internationals. The speedster has now failed to cross the whitewash in his last nine hours of play. This would be unfortunate, but his badly timed dip in form could cost him a place on the Lions tour.

Taulupe Faletau (Wales)

Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
Taulupe Faletau (Wales)

Another Welshman who started four years ago, but injuries have begun taking their toll on the powerhouse. He’s recently returned to the international fold but looks a shadow of his former self. CJ Stander, Billy Vunipola, Caelan Doris represent significant competition for a place in the squad.

Finn Russell (Scotland)

Finn Russell (Scotland)

On paper, he’s possibly the most talented player the British Isles has to offer. However, let’s be frank, the Scots’ flair and unpredictability are not what Gatland looks for In a number 10. Against South Africa, he’ll want a playmaker that looks after the ball, which just isn’t Russell, who conceded five turnovers for Racing in the recent Champions Cup final. You can already imagine the outcry come June when Dan Biggar or George Ford are called up ahead of him

Hamish Watson (Scotland)

Hamish Watson (Scotland)
Hamish Watson (Scotland)

This is just sad. Nobody would complain about the back-rower making the squad, but let’s assume Gatland only going to select two open sides. There is a lot of competition with Justin Tipuric, Sam Underhill, Jack Willis, and Josh van der Flier battling out for those places. When it comes down to marginal picks, the Scots almost always miss out.

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British and Irish Lions v Japan: England players set to Miss Murrayfield warm-up

Britain players are set to miss the British and Irish Lions warm-up coordinate against Japan on 26 June Since it is outside World Rugby’s Test window.

“Right now Premiership Rugby has not authorized the arrival of English-based players.” Lions overseeing Chief Ben Calveley revealed to BBC Sport. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

The limitation implies Scotland commander Stuart Hogg, who plays for Exeter. He would likewise miss the Murrayfield game. The Premiership last is on 26 June – the very day as the Lions’ warm-up.

Anyway, Calveley said he trusted that an arrangement could be reached. This will permit players from the 10 Premiership clubs not playing in the homegrown show-stopper to be included against Japan.

British and Irish Lions v Japan: England players set to Miss Murrayfield warm-up
British and Irish Lions v Japan: England players set to Miss Murrayfield warm-up

“If there is a way that the players that aren’t playing in the last could be made accessible for the match then obviously we might want that,” additional Calveley.

We will proceed in exchange for the entirety of the partners in question.

“Whoever is wearing Lion’s pullover will be an unimaginably top-notch gathering of players prepared to take on that challenge against Japan.”

Hogg’s Exeter and Scotland partner Jonny Gray and Wales. Bath number eight Taulupe Faletau is likewise set to be inaccessible for the installation of the way things are.

Remarkable Conditions:

Britain’s players all play their club rugby on home soil with a determination of abroad players for the global side just permitted in “remarkable conditions”.

World Rugby specifies that homegrown sides are just obliged to deliver players to play worldwide installations from the primary seven day stretch of July. The Lions’ start their visit through South Africa against Cape Town-put together commonplace side the Stormers to 3 July.

The primary Test against the best on the planet Springboks is in Johannesburg on 24 July The second and third Tests on the accompanying two ends of the week.

Calveley said he was “totally hopeful” that the visit would proceed notwithstanding the troubles of Covid. Although conceding that “we are possibility arranging out of sight if various situations arise”.

British and Irish Lions v Japan: England players set to Miss Murrayfield warm-up
British and Irish Lions v Japan: England players set to Miss Murrayfield warm-up

The Japan match will be an uncommon “home” installation for the Lions. They drew with Argentina in Cardiff before the 2005 visit through New Zealand However, have endeavored to orchestrate abroad warm-up matches before ongoing outings.

The 2013 group beat the Barbarians in Hong Kong on a visit on the way to Australia. Japan arrived at the last eight of the Rugby World Cup on home soil in 2019 Progressing from the pools to the detriment of Scotland. They additionally scored an outstanding triumph over South Africa in the 2015 competition.

“They are a capable side who play high-beat rugby, so it’ll be a decent test for us,” said Lions lead trainer Warren Gatland.

“The matchday crew can put hands up for Test choice.”

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Warren Gatland warns Japan warm-up will influence British and Irish Lions Test selection

Lions mentor trusts ‘good judgment will win’ concerning Premiership players being delivered for Murrayfield apparatus. Warren Gatland trusts “sound judgment wins”. An understanding can be gone after Premiership players to play for the British and Irish Lions against Japan next June.

He cautioned that the apparatus will impact his choice for the three Tests in South Africa. Talking from New Zealand as the Lions dispatched their shirt for the visit, Gatland said readiness is in front of the timetable. 

Regarding the circumstance around Covid-19, he said “we’re simply proceeding to figure all that will be 100% fine in the following eight months”.However demanded, “you must have some alternative courses of action”.  

Warren Gatland warns Japan warm-up will influence British and Irish Lions Test selection
Warren Gatland warns Japan warm-up will influence British and Irish Lions Test selection

British Irish Lions vs Japan:

A week ago the Lions affirmed a Test against Japan at Murrayfield on June 26, which is the very day of the Premiership Final.  As the Lions’ apparatus is outside World Rugby’s Test window, no Premiership players (Englishmen, yet additionally any semblance of Exeter’s Stuart Hogg and Northampton’s Dan Biggar) are as of now accessible – regardless of only two groups playing in the last.

Gatland is cheerful that the circumstance can be settled. Even though conceded that Premiership Rugby “hasn’t generally been the least demanding to manage” and that the circumstance is “somewhat like Brexit”.

Gatland stated Conceivably if England has an extraordinary Six Nations. You could contend that a third to a large portion of the crew might be absent for that Japan week. Yet additionally, for a camp in Wales we’re arranging the prior week. That would be troublesome.

Given how restricted the time is for arrangement, I can reveal to you we will be taking the best group we can, the best players. In any case, the hard truth is that I simply trust it doesn’t affect any players or determinations. You end up with a 50/50 approach a player.

Warren Gatland warns Japan warm-up will influence British and Irish Lions Test selection

A player can be there for seven days’ camp in Wales. He can be there for the seven days’ groundwork for the Japan game. This may get approval against somebody who has sadly not been accessible until just a single week before the main match in South Africa. 

“It’s a test right now and I simply trust that some sound judgment will win in exchanges.”

Canterbury:

Warren Gatland was talking in the interest of Canterbury. He was at the dispatch of the British and Irish Lions Pro shirt accessible at Canterbury.com.

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Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans

The British and Lions Tour holds a special place in the heart of world rugby it harkens back to what the game was, and reveals what it has become, and encompasses the glory, the camaraderie, and fraternity that separates the sport from all others. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

For many players, honored enough to play against the combined might of the four home nations, it is the nadir of their careers, whether it be at provincial or Test level. For many supporters, it is a 12-year long wait to build new memories and remember fondly the year that the Lions returned to once again wrestle pride and supremacy away from the Springboks.

Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans
Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans

That was the decree of Springbok legend John Smit on Thursday when the series sponsor was revealed to be Castle Lager for next year’s tour at FNB Stadium, which will host the first Test between the two combatants on July 24 next year.

Said the former captain of the Boks, who led the national team in the hardcore 2009 series: “One of the best experiences, and the best stories I have ever told, was my experience playing for the Sharks against the British and Irish Lions in Durban.”

“I think it was my second first-class game, I was 19-years-old,” Smit continued, “and to be able to go on 12 years later and to experience it full on was a privilege. The youngsters who get that opportunity, even if I ever only played the Lions in 97, I would have held onto that thing. I still have that jersey.

“It is just something that you can’t mimic anywhere else and that experience is what will get the youngsters (next year) super hungry to fight for that green and gold jersey and, hopefully, hold onto it.”

It was a sentiment shared by fellow Bok legend Beast Mtwarira and 2019 World Rugby player of the year Pieter-Steph du Toit, who will no doubt be involved in 2021. Beast was a newfangled Springbok in 2009, having made his debut for the Boks a year earlier against Wales, and the 2019 World Cup winner recalled his Lions experience fondly with a smile and a chuckle.

Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans
Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans

“I think it is surreal (playing against the Lions), it certainly was for me to be a part of that (2000) team,” said Beast in his trademark baritone. “It comes around every 12 years, so not a lot of players get the opportunity to play against the Lions …

“The Lions tour was massive for me. To rub shoulders with the likes of Juan (Smith) and Bakkies (Botha) and Victor (Matfield), guys who had won the World Cup in 2007, was just a huge honor. The atmosphere at a Lions game is just incredible; it is nothing like you have ever seen.”

“I was raring to go with the energy and excitement,” Beast continued later of the 2009 Test series. “My advice to the young guys would be, a part of it is to just enjoy the occasion, take it for what it is, because it is a huge honor. Guys that have won the world cup, haven’t had the chance to face the Lions, so you have to embrace it for what it is and just go out there and play your best rugby.”

For PSTD, if he is fit and remains so, it will be another feather in the 28-year-old’s cap. The 2019 World Cup winner was 17-years-old when John Smit and Co rectified the disastrous defeat of 1997 12 years later, and when asked about his feelings around the upcoming tour, it sparked a joyous memory of sibling rivalry and love.

“All three games, I, my parents and my brothers watched at our house and I always say if you watch a Springbok game at our house, you don’t want to be a supporter there because it is just crazy there.

Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans
Lions tour is something surreal, for both players and fans

“Everything gets duplicated there …

“For instance, I remember when Heinrich Brussow (in 2009) just picked up one of the players as a bag of potatoes and threw him off the field, and then, the same thing happened in our living room. So, after the game, we always went to play and always dreamt about playing for the Boks and against the Lions.”

Good times, great memories, and next year a new batch, through victory or defeat, are sure to be made anew.

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South Africa Rugby eyes British lions 2021 home Tests

South Africa Rugby president Mark Alexander has confirmed they are in discussion with World Rugby to gain permission to arrange at least three Tests before the Boks play the Lions next year. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

The Springboks are scheduled to play a three-Test series against the British & Irish Lions between 24 July and 7 August next year.

South Africa Rugby eyes British lions 2021 home Tests
South Africa Rugby eyes British lions 2021 home Tests

However, as it stands, the world champions are set to head into the series without any international action since the 2019 World Cup final. This after the Covid-19 pandemic led to the Boks not playing any games in 2020.

But Alexander says that SA Rugby is looking into the possibility of organizing a few Tests in preparation for the Lions series.

‘We are looking at that, we are busy with that,’ he said. ‘We are looking at having a couple of games. We will confirm that once we have confirmed with World Rugby that we can have games.

‘You know, we can’t just organize a game with another country. We have to get permission from World Rugby and we are seeking permission to have at least three or four games before we play the series.’

South Africa Rugby eyes British lions 2021 home Tests

Alexander added that SA Rugby’s confident it’ll be granted permission because the 2021 rugby calendar is still under construction and a long way from being finalized.

‘The calendar is not finalized; we have only finalized the rugby calendar for this year. Next year’s calendar is still under discussion. One thing that is for sure is that it is still in July that we will be playing the British & Irish Lions series. That is confirmed. That is the only one confirmed for next year. World Rugby is still in discussion as to what is going to happen with the global calendar.

‘The way things are looking now. I think the calendar will remain the same for next year as well and we will probably look at changing the calendar in 2022 – to accommodate the Pro Rugby League, the Currie Cup, Inbound and Outbound Tours, and the Rugby Championship – but it is under discussion.’

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Difficult for Rob Howley to be British Lions coach – Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland admits it will be difficult to include Rob Howley in his British and Irish Lions coaching team after his former Wales assistant’s suspension for betting breaches.

Howley was banned for 18 months nine of them suspended in 2019 for betting on matches, including Wales games. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

He left Wales’ 2019 World Cup campaign as a result and returned to rugby last month as Canada assistant coach.

Difficult for Rob Howley to be British Lions coach - Warren Gatland
Difficult for Rob Howley to be British Lions coach – Warren Gatland

“I’m delighted for him he’s been appointed with Canada,” said Gatland.

“We were great mates and I’ve got a huge amount of respect for him as a coach.

“The last thing you want is people bringing up the past and taking away from what your preparation and focus is for a Lions tour.

“That makes it a little bit difficult because it’s the last thing I and someone like Rob would want to have happen.”

As well as being Gatland’s attack coach throughout his 12 years as Wales boss, Howley also fulfilled that role on the past two Lions tours.

Gatland was head coach on both occasions – the victorious 2013 tour of Australia and the 2017 drawn series in New Zealand – and the New Zealander will be in charge for next summer’s trip to South Africa.

Howley, who was also attack coach under Sir Ian McGeechan in South Africa in 2009, would have been in a strong position to make a fourth Lions tour as a coach.

However, Gatland’s comments seem to suggest that would now be unlikely for the former Wales scrum-half, who played for the Lions on two tours in 1997 and 2001.

In the wake of his ban from the sport after he had placed 363 bets on 1,163 matches over four years, Howley apologised for the breaches as he “battled demons” in the wake of his sister’s death.

Difficult for Rob Howley to be British Lions coach – Warren Gatland

He had been due to leave his role as Wales assistant coach after the 2019 World Cup and was linked with coaching Italy before the betting breaches were revealed.

Since being eligible to return to rugby, Howley was linked with a return to one of his former clubs, Wasps, before his appointment with Canada, a role he will combine with being a consultant for the Toronto Arrows.

“I think it’s great for him he’s back in the game and he gets a chance to get out of the UK and re-establish himself with Canada until the next World Cup,” Gatland added.

“He’s an outstanding coach, understands the mistakes he’s made, and hopefully he does really well.”

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British Lions could tour Japan in wake of sides meeting at Murrayfield

The British and Irish Lions have opened the entryway for a future visit through Japan after reporting just the third home coordinate in their famous history against the Brave Blossoms the following summer.

Warren Gatland’s side will confront Japan at Murrayfield on 26 June the very day as the Premiership last and keeping in mind that they will do as such with no England players, the apparatus will fill in as a key aspect of the Lions’ arrangements before confronting the titleholders.

British Lions could tour Japan in wake of sides meeting at Murrayfield
British Lions could tour Japan in wake of sides meeting at Murrayfield

The outing to South Africa will be the first since the San Francisco understanding in 2017 when it was chosen by the game’s powerbrokers that visits would be sliced to eight matches. That gathering was disputable because the Lions were not appropriately spoken to and keeping in mind that the Murrayfield coordinate expands the number of installations to nine, the Premiership clubs’ refusal to make any of their player’s accessible shows further how the Lions are getting progressively minimized.

Their put on the worldwide timetable is, at any rate, ensured up to 2032, as indicated by the San Francisco arrangement; however, the worldwide schedule is easily proven wrong with various associations anxious to move the current summer window to October. Should that occur, a visit through Japan which solidified itself as rugby’s greatest new transmission market during a year ago’s World Cup could draw nearer to turning out to be a reality.

The Lions’ overseeing chief, Ben Calveley, stated: “We’re building up a relationship here with Japan; this is the first occasion when that the Lions has played against Japan and it will be a memorable Test. My view is that the Lions can offer a horrendous part to the development of the worldwide game and we ought to consider how best it can do that.

“I will keep on speaking to the Lions admirably well inside those worldwide arrangements when they occur, while the Lions might not have been straightforwardly spoken to in the room beforehand, we are presently legitimately spoken to and I make all the focuses that I require to make as many of those worldwide season exchanges happen.”

British Lions could tour Japan in wake of sides meeting at Murrayfield

Calveley likewise uncovered that Gatland, who has spent the previous month going to a large group of club matches, will defer naming his associate mentors until the New Year yet affirmed conversations had opened with the home associations.

Four years prior, Gatland needed Gregor Townsend, who had quite recently been delegated Scotland’s lead trainer, to be important for his reserved alcove staff however he was unable to make sure about his delivery. Calveley, however, is hopeful no such issues will happen this time. The Ireland lead trainer, Andy Farrell, has been important for the instructing group for as far back as two visits, and keeping in mind that he as of late said he has not been drawn nearer by Gatland he didn’t preclude a third Lions trip.

Calveley likewise said club mentors will likewise be thought of, raising the possibility of the Crusaders’ Scott Robertson, who has communicated an intrigue, Stuart Lancaster from Leinster or Exeter’s Rob Baxter being included.

Calveley stated: “What Warren and I have been doing is getting round the lead trainers and the CEOs from every one of the four associations and I can affirm they’re all amazingly strong, as you would anticipate that they should be because they comprehend the estimation of the Lions.

British Lions could tour Japan in wake of sides meeting at Murrayfield

“I don’t believe there’s any presumption the mentors need to originate from inside the association builds, they could emerge out of a club climate.

“We’re open we’re keen on designating mentors that can assist us with winning in South Africa and that are the principal measures. Anybody that can assist us with winning these Test matches would be intriguing to Warren and eventually, it’s his call.”

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RDA selected for media rights distribution of the British lions tour to South Africa

Lions Tour to South Africa, the joint venture between the British & Irish Lions and SA Rugby, has appointed RDA as its media rights distribution agency for the Tour to South Africa in 2021.

The agreement, which covers Europe excluding UK & Ireland, and France, Canada, Japan, SE Asia, Pacific Islands, MENA, and Inflight/Cruise, is the first-ever appointment of an agency to distribute media rights on behalf of the Lions.

Scheduled for July and August next year, the greatest rugby Tour of all kicks off with five matches against South Africa’s leading provincial and invitational sides, before the Lions take on reigning world champions, the Springboks, for three epic Test matches played in Johannesburg 2 and Cape Town.

RDA selected for media rights distribution of the British lions tour to South Africa
RDA selected for media rights distribution of the British lions tour to South Africa

The Lions will additionally play a historic Test match against Japan in Edinburgh on 26th June 2021, and the Springboks will play two warm-up Test matches, all included in the Lions media rights package.

Ben Calveley, British & Irish Lions Managing Director, commented: “We are very pleased to be partnering with RDA for our international media rights distribution. RDA’s proven track record in rights sales will help advance our strategic objective of increasing our global coverage for the Tour, so more fans than ever before can enjoy watching the action.”

Richard Dennis, RDA CEO, said: “We’re honored to be working with the British & Irish Lions, one of the world’s greatest sports brands. The Lions Tour to South Africa, and the historic match against Japan, will be global media events and we look forward to playing our role in bringing these to a worldwide audience.”

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