10 candidates to bolster the Lions ranks after this weekend

With the Test matches against the All Blacks looming, Warren Gatland is set to call for reinforcements for his British & Irish Lions squad.

Here’s who we’d like to get the call:


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1. Finn Russell (Scotland)

With Owen Farrell carrying a thigh injury, it would make sense to call in the Scotland fly-half who’s currently in Australia for this weekend’s Test. It would be a short trip, making it easy for him to acclimatise. He also played very well against Italy last weekend.


2. George Ford (England)

Although further away than Russell, the England playmaker put in an outstanding performance last weekend as his 23-point haul helped Eddie Jones men to a narrow win against the Pumas.


3. Gareth Davies (Wales)

With Wales currently in New Zealand, it would be safe to assume a number of call-ups will come from a  squad Gatland knows very well. Davies is a player who could offer something different, playing a role in the mid-week side.


4. Garry Ringrose (Ireland)

The Lions have lacked flair and unpredictability in the midfield. Ringrose offers both of these in abundance.


5. WP Nel (Scotland)

This time last year he was a guarantee for the squad before injuries took their toll. A solid two outings for the Barbarians followed up by an assured display for Scotland last weekend makes him a reliable choice for Gatland to bolster his front row options.


6. Joe Launchbury (England)

Still not sure why he isn’t there. A great lineout operator and relentless in the engine room. He’d probably be pushing for a Test place never mine the midweek team.


7. Nathan Hughes (England)

The powerhouse has been in excellent form with England and Wasps.If CJ Stander and Taulupe Faletau are named in the Test 23 it would make sense to bring in another specialist number 8, especially with Ross Moriarty struggling.


8. Jonny Gray (Scotland)

Was unlucky to miss out and could add some extra steel to the Lions second-row.


9. Tim Visser (Scotland)

The winger is in good try-scoring form and he wouldn’t let them down in defence.


10. Tomas Francis (Wales)

Could the forward cap a season where he won the Premiership with Exeter Chiefs with a Lions call-up? He’s certainly a quality player.

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