He should be playing international rugby, so if his country (inexplicably) doesn’t want him, hopefully there will be an even higher calling.
On Saturday, the older Simmonds brother scored a try for the Chiefs. Again. It was his 13th strike of another prolific season.
On BT Sport over the weekend Lawrence Dallaglio reached a state of agonised exasperation saying: ‘Come on, people have got to see this. Pick him!’
The plea was no doubt aimed at Jones, but returning to the subject later, Dallaglio switched his focus to Lions head coach Warren Gatland, who was in attendance at the Rec.
‘This guy is the best No 8 in Europe,’ said Dallaglio. ‘He’s the quickest back-row forward around, he’s powerful, he’s got great footwork, he’s got great hands, he’s got work-rate — what more do you need?
‘I’d be very surprised if Warren Gatland doesn’t like the look of what he sees.’