Warren Gatland will have a lot of tough calls to make between now and picking his Lions squad, but the bookies reckon they’ve already figured out which players will head to South Africa.
These five stars are set to miss out as things stand…
North, fresh from winning his 100th cap for Wales, has been widely tipped to head on his third-successive Lions tour in 2021 on the back of call ups in 2013 – no one will forget his memorable ‘pick up and dump’ of Israel Folau – and 2017.
It would be an incredible achievement for a player who is still only 28 years old, but is he a defensive risk?
Sir Clive Woodward certainly thinks so, writing in his Daily Mail column https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-9301309/CLIVE-WOODWARD-Eddie-Jones-loyal-England-players.html: “George North continues his late-career switch to outside centre and although he offers much in attack I wonder if England can exploit his inexperience defending that channel.”
While his prediction proved to be wrong in this case as Wales romped to a comfortable win, Woodward’s point that North lacks experience in defen