Only TWO Scots are likely to feature in British & Irish Lions squad

Only TWO Scots are likely to feature in British & Irish Lions squad

  • Only two Scots are likely to be in the British and Irish Lions squad
  • Reports suggest only Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour will be selected
  • Lions coach Warren Gatland will name his squad at 12 pm today
Just two Scots will be named in the British and Irish Lions squad for their tour of New Zealand, former Scotland scrum-half Andy Nicol believes.

“I think you are right on two,” Nicol told BBC Scotland. “I would go with Seymour. He deserves to go.”

It means Scotland are destined to have a much smaller representation than Wales despite beating them and finishing ahead of them in the Six Nations.


Scotland this season finished fourth in the championship, but Nicol believes that their 61-21 thrashing by England put paid to many of their Lions hopes.

“It has been a rollercoaster with the Lions throughout this calendar year,” he said.

“When Glasgow went back to back with Racing 92 in the Champions Cup over Christmas and then demolished Leicester at Walford Road, then Scotland had that great start to the Six Nations against Ireland, I reckon we had about eight in the mix.

“The likes of Ryan Wilson, Fraser Brown, Hamish Watson, Finn Russell, Alex Dunbar and Hugh Jones joined the usual suspects of Hogg, Seymour and the Gray brothers.

“But I just think that, as the Six Nations went on, even though we beat Wales, Twickenham was the big problem.

“I was at a Lions event the week before Twickenham and Warren Gatland said to me he wanted to see how these Scotland players coped away from home at Twickenham and I don’t think it could have gone any more wrong.”