Gatland warned that the Premiership final could affect the Lions’ tour of South Africa


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Gatland warned that the Premiership final could affect the Lions' tour of South Africa

Premiership players will miss the Lions’ warm-up game against Japan on June 26Furthermore, they would not be released for the international window. In consecuense, Warren Gatland has urged Premiership Rugby to lift their block on releasing players arguing that it could hurt the team’s prospects for the South Africa tour in 2021.

Further, British & Irish Lions coach hopes “common sense will prevail” as talks continue on Premiership Rugby’s decision to prevent players from participating in the friendly in Murrayfield on June 26, as the final of the tournament in 2021 will be held on the same day.

“I can tell you that we will choose the best team that we can, the best players, but the harsh reality of the situation is that I hope it does not affect any player,” Gatland said, adding: “It is a challenge at the moment and I just hope it prevails. some common sense in the negotiations. I fully understand that the Premiership final and the players will not be available because they are tied up with it, but I would love to see other players released by the Lions. I just hope we can reach some agreement on the one that we have access to the players “.


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