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Warren Gatland boosts Sam Simmonds chances of Lions call-up

Jack Nowell

Even prior to his recent injury concerns, Jack Nowell appeared to be on the fringes of the England squad.

The 27-year-old hasn’t featured for his country since the 2019 Rugby World Cup – his final appearance to date was a 39-10 win over Argentina when he scored a try.

Nowell hasn’t played any rugby at all since having toe surgery after the Premiership final in October and suffered a fresh setback earlier this month which ruled out any chance of an England call any time soon.

Those factors mean his England chances – at least in the short term – are becoming slim.

But Warren Gatland has already proven he is a fan of Nowell after he handed him a shock call up for the 2017 Lions tour; he played twice against the All Blacks, and in doing so became Exeter’s first-ever Lions player.

Will Gatland take the gamble on his recovery from injury and go with someone he knows over a more emerging option from elsewhere?

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