Warren Gatland explains Mike Brown Lions rejection

  • Warren Gatland explains Mike Brown’s omission
  • The fullback was ‘gutted’ by the decision 
British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland was forced to defend his omission of England full-back Mike Brown at yesterday’s press conference. 

The fullback had told The Rugby Paper he had been “gutted” by the decision – highlighting his form since 2015.


Warren Gatland responded, explaining that a number of players are in a similar position.

“I spoke to Graham Rowntree [Harlequins and Lions forward coach], who said he spoke to Mike about the Lions,” said the New Zealander.

“I can understand the frustration and the disappointment.

“I am more than happy for him [Brown] to give me a call if he feels he’s been hard done by.

“There are a number of players in the same situation. When we select a squad and make a decision, it’s not always about the rugby content.”

Gatland reported a “clean bill of health” in terms of injuries, with Lions skipper Sam Warburton (knee) and Alun Wyn Jones (shoulder) both fit and dismissed concerns about fly-half Dan Biggar.

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