Arguably England’s two best players during the 2017 Six Nations are set to miss out on selection for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.
The BBC has reported that lock Joe Launchbury and centre Jonathan Joseph are both in danger of being shock exclusions from Warren Gatland’s squad
As reported by The Telegraph on Sunday, England prop Kyle Sinckler and centre Ben Te’o nevertheless do look likely to make the cut.
Meanwhile, England skipper Dylan Hartley’s chances are rated as 50-50.
The tour begins on 3 June and features a 10-game schedule, culminating in a three-Test series against the All Blacks.
The Lions will be looking for a second series win in New Zealand, with their only triumph to date a 2-1 victory in 1971.