Six Nations’ denouement is a tonic for Gatland’s Lions

by Paul Cook - If he’s able to put his understandable frustration at Wales’ misfiring efforts thus far to one side, British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland must be licking his lips in anticipation at the bevy of talent at his disposal in this year’s Six Nations. Having stepped aside from his duties with the Welsh for a season to focus all his efforts on the upcoming tour of New Zealand this June/July, Gatland must be revelling at the level of performance being produced by a large percentage of those players in his likely initial selection plans. What must be even more heart-warming for the kiwi is the number of players from outside that band of ‘likely lads’ that are also putting their hands up for consideration. Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton from Ireland; Stuart Hogg for Scotland; Sam Warburton and Alun-Wyn Jones for Wales and England’s Ben Youngs, Dan Cole and Owen Farrell – all previous tourists under Gatland in 2013 – have shown just about enough to wa
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