Eddie Jones was among those to criticise Warren Gatland for calling up four Welshman, stating it’s only a 13-hour trip from Argentina, where England are, to New Zealand. Gatland has since fired back.
Wales’ Cory Hill, Kristian Dacey, Gareth Davies and Tomas Francis joined the squad rather than look at calling up the likes of Joe Launchbury, Simon Zebo or even Cian Healy.
“I’ll let Eddie do his talking, he does plenty of it,” Gatland said.
With regard to the overall criticism aimed at Gatland across social media for the players he called up, the Lions boss came out firing.
“Does it devalue the shirt? I can see people’s point but we’re here to win a Test series.”
“Some of the stuff people have been saying puts a bit of a dampner on the tour.”