I despise those who small-mindedly total up the number of
players from each nationality in a Lions line-up; it defeats the object of what
the British & Irish Lions are all about and it leads people to make
pointless, infuriating and irrelevant arguments that have nothing to do with
winning a rugby game.
opprobrium that Warren Gatland has received in both the regular and social
media has led me to spend a great deal of time doing that very thing I despise
to make a point, because there’s nothing
this blog won’t do to win an argument.
Looking back over every
tour since 1971 (yes, I’m that stubborn) proves that selecting
large number of players from one nation is very common, is usually linked to
the most successful home nation at the time (as Wales are now), and certainly
does not “disrespect the ethos of the Lions”.