Tuesday 16 January 2018

Revealed: Warren Gatland's Geography Six set to receive over €15,000 each for Lions call-up

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The six players called up to the Lions squad ahead of the final two mid-week fixtures will reportedly receive over €15,000 each for their minimal participation in the tour.

Scottish duo Allan Dell and Finn Russell along with Welsh quartet Tomas Francis, Kristian Dacey, Gareth Davies and Cory Hill were dubbed the 'Geography Six' when it emerged that they were only called up due to their proximity to the touring party, with in-form players like Joe Launchbury and Keith Earls overlooked.

Dell and Russell were the only two to play any part in the mid-week games against the Chiefs and the Hurricanes, with the duo only being used as brief injury replacements.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland subsequently admitted that the backlash to their call-up led him to keep the sextet in reserve.

However, the Daily Mail is reporting that the six players will still apparently receive a tidy sum of just over €15,000 for travelling to New Zealand.

Gatland's decision to bring out the players has been heavily criticised but Russell, who briefly replaced Dan Biggar at out-half during a HIA against the Hurriances on Tuesday, says he has no regrets.

"I’m definitely glad I came out here," said Russell.

"I don’t think anyone would turn down the Lions. You’d really regret not coming. It’s a big chance. It might never happen again so you make the most of it.

"We’ve only been here 10 days. It’s been so quick. I guess in time it will sink in what it really means to play for the Lions, once we’re home and have more time to think it through."

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