Take a look at the 5 bolters on Warren Gatland’s longlist who’re being thought-about for the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa.
In accordance with varied reviews within the UK, Gatland has compiled a 50-man longlist and written a letter to every participant individually sounding them out about their availability for the tour of South Africa.
It has emerged that Harlequins flyhalf Marcus Smith is without doubt one of the gamers on the checklist, regardless of the younger Englishman being uncapped at Take a look at stage.
One other shock inclusion is that of Scotland centre Cameron Redpath, who received his first and solely Take a look at cap within the lately concluded Six Nations.
Different surprises embody Exeter unfastened ahead Sam Simmonds, who has been largely neglected by Eddie Jones for England choice, and scrumhalves Danny Care of England and Kieran Hardy of Wales.
Gatland is scheduled to announce his 36-man squad for the tour on Thursday, 6 Might (12:45pm SA time).
Lions bolters from Gatland’s longlist:
1. Marcus Smith
Take a look at caps: 0
2. Cameron Redpath
Take a look at caps: One
3. Sam Simmonds
Place: No 8
Membership: Exeter Chiefs
Take a look at caps: Seven
4. Danny Care
Take a look at caps: 84
5. Kieran Hardy
Take a look at caps: 4
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