'Peter O’Mahony played his way in' - England star Haskell gives blunt assessment of his Lions omission
England flanker James Haskell didn't spare himself when assessing why he wasn't chosen for this summer's Lions tour, stating that he 'wasn't good enough' to be picked.
Haskell had been expected to travel after a stellar 2016 but a toe injury, concussion problems and a dip in form saw him miss out when the squad was announced last month.
Speaking in The Guardian, Haskell admitted that he was outplayed by Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony in the Six Nations finale against Ireland, with Gatland ultimately opting to bring the Muster captain to New Zealand instead of the England back row.
“The Lions is the pinnacle of every rugby player’s career. It’s the difference between being a good player and a great player and I obviously wasn’t good enough to do it. That’s the fact,” said Haskell.
“I thought I played well in the Six Nations and put myself out there. Could I have done any more? Not really.
“Ireland v England had a massive role to play in it; Peter O’Mahony played his way in. Ross Moriarty played his way in during Wales v England. It’s about peaking at the right time and seizing your opportunity. I obviously failed to do that.”
Haskell will instead travel on England's tour of Argentina, with the 32-year-old looking to fend off competition for his England place from a host of young guns, including 20-year-old Sam Underhill.