| 17.2°C Dublin

Close

Premium


Gatland’s indulgent Lions selection isn’t just an insult to Irish rugby, it’s an insult to the intelligence

Eamonn Sweeney


Close

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland. Photo: David Davies/PA

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland. Photo: David Davies/PA

Johnny Sexton

Johnny Sexton

/

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland. Photo: David Davies/PA

Warren Gatland’s Lions selection isn’t just an insult to Irish rugby, it’s an insult to the intelligence. Its weird combination of hubris and whimsicality suggests the New Zealander is so convinced of victory over a South African team which hasn’t played since 2019 he feels able to indulge himself.

Ireland’s eight player representation is our lowest since 2001. Making this particularly galling is that England have more than anyone else after a year in which they suffered comprehensive defeats against the other three home nations.

The perversity of the selection is perfectly encapsulated by the omission of James Ryan. This day last week you’d have found few dissenters from the view that the Leinster lock was at worst the third best second-row in the Six Nations. Now it appears he doesn’t rank in the first half dozen.


Related topics


Related Content

Leinster leave the field after defeat to La Rochelle. Photo: Julien Poupart



Most Watched





Privacy