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Tomas Francis..... Exeter's second Lion
Tom A Hawk (IP Logged)
17 June, 2017 06:48
In his first set of additions to the Lions squad Gatland has called up Tomas Francis, Along with Cory Hill, Kristian Dacey and Gareth Davies...

[www.lionsrugby.com]

Whilst I approve of Francis getting called up, Can't help but feel that there is perhaps players from Ireland, Scotland and England feeling more than a little disappointed at this....

 
Scuff
Re: Tomas Francis..... Exeter's second Lion
Scuff (IP Logged)
17 June, 2017 07:03
Scotland have had Finn Russell and Allan Dell called up too. I can't have been paying attention in the 6N as I don't ever remember hearing Dell's name. Doubt those were the 6 next names on the Lions list though, and makes me believe that Gatland has his test 23 firmly in mind.
Francis did well against Tonga yesterday I thought and the very best of luck to him in NZ.

 
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Re: Tomas Francis..... Exeter's second Lion
Chickamauga (IP Logged)
17 June, 2017 07:12
Well done Tom. Other countries' players to be called up once their matches are over this weekend.

 
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Re: Tomas Francis..... Exeter's second Lion
Tom A Hawk (IP Logged)
17 June, 2017 07:24
Quote:
Scuff
Scotland have had Finn Russell and Allan Dell called up too.

Can't find anything official on that announcement. Got a source or Citation?

 
Scuff
Re: Tomas Francis..... Exeter's second Lion
Scuff (IP Logged)
17 June, 2017 07:44

 
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Re: Tomas Francis..... Exeter's second Lion
fatheralice (IP Logged)
17 June, 2017 11:00
Gatland thumbs up

Very poor. Whilst I don't disagree with the premise of keeping players fresh for the first test, either cancel the Chiefs match, or call it an Lions select invitational side.

Devalues the shirt, even if they are only there for a week as suggested.

I would not be happy if I was paying good money to watch the Chiefs v Lions match

 
ExTeddChief
Re: Tomas Francis..... Exeter's second Lion
ExTeddChief (IP Logged)
17 June, 2017 14:14
Congratulations Tom but those four are definitely eyebrow raisers at Lions level.

Still, best Lions performance of the tour this morning so Gatland's doing something right!

 
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Re: Tomas Francis..... Exeter's second Lion
Tom A Hawk (IP Logged)
18 June, 2017 08:54
Jack starts against the Chiefs with Francis on the Bench


British and Irish Lions: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 James Haskell, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Joe Marler

Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Alun Wyn Jones, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Finn Russell, 23 Tommy Seymour


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