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PremierLeague-News.Com - Gatland has been taking in the final days of the Six Nations as he tweaks his plans for the upcoming tour of South Africa
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Six Nations will have given Warren Gatland much to consider as he finalises his squad for the upcoming British and Irish Lions tests against South Africa. No doubt buoyed by the success of his former side, Wales, in spite of their agonisingly late concession of that Brice Dulin try which cost them the Grand Slam, Gatland’s call-ups from the other Home Nations will be less straightforward. Few England representatives did themselves many favours with humbling, ill-disciplined defeats to Scotland, Ireland and Wales – the first time they have suffered that triple fate inside the same year in decades. The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.One of the few Englishmen flattered by their recent debacle was Sam Underhill, who was conspicuously absent through injury and whom Eddie Jones missed badly. Read More Lions tour 2021: Dates, venues and fan attendance still unclear despite commitment to South Africa i’s rugby correspondent Hugh Godwin picks his starting XV for the first Test vs South AfricaA reinvigorated Ireland and Scotland, at least, offer more hope, having both finished on 15 points in the Championship. For all the uncertainty surrounding who will make Gatland’s starting XV, however, at least the tour’s precarious future is now sorted. After months of speculation, it will in fact be a tour of South Africa as originally planned, albeit a trimmed down one.
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. The first fixture sees them take on Stormers on 3 July before meeting the world champions for the first time on 24 July.Gatland will confirm his 36-man travelling party on 6 May, having travelled to Paris for one last head-scratch as he took in Scotland’s first victory in the French capital in 22 years. Gregor Townsend, unsurprisingly, believes his players have done enough to boast more of a presence in the Lions set-up than usual. Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg will hardly have needed to do much convincing, but there are those such as Hamish Watson who will be waiting anxiously to see if there is room in a competitive Lions back-row to reward him for an impressive tournament. Ireland’s CJ Stander could also miss out on what would be the ultimate finale to his career, made special by his South African heritage. Of course, it is not only the Six Nations which will sway Gatland. There are two weekends of Premiership action to squeeze in before he makes his announcement. Take part in i‘s fantasy Six Nations readers league by clicking here, or joining mini-league number 3860 and if you would like to talk all things rugby union with fellow fans and i staff, you can join our rugby forum on FacebookMore on rugby unioni’s guide to Six Nations 2021 – fixtures, how to watch and big championship previewLions tour bolters: 8 players hoping to impress Gatland at the Six Nationsi’s guide to Six Nations fantasy rugby – including how to pick the best teamNigel Owens: ‘Farrell used to bellow at referees but he’s learned to respect us’How the Lions could line up for first Test on 2021 tour to South Africa
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