Christian Wade and Brad Barritt called into Lions squad

Wasps and England star Christian Wade will join up with the Lions squad in Sydney on Monday morning and travel to Canberra. He was due to win his second cap against Argentina having impressed on his full debut last weekend.

Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland said: “We have obviously got ongoing treatment of some players so it’s prudent to make sure we have enough backline cover. Christian played well in the first test against Argentina and is match fit.”

As a result of Wade’s departure form Argentina, Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby) will win his first cap for England against Argentina in today’s second Test at Velez Sarsfield (20:10 BST)

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We’re delighted for Christian. He’s been in excellent form, played really well on his Test debut against Argentina last weekend and he goes with the best wishes of all the England players and management.

Centre Brad Barritt has been rested from England’s tour of Argentina this summer, and according to Lions management is being ‘explored as injury cover’. The expectation is, however, that he will be flying out to Australia shortly.

What do you make of Wade and Barritt’s call-ups? Are they the right choice?

15 thoughts on “Christian Wade and Brad Barritt called into Lions squad

  1. Great news for wade. Should be great experience for him. I hope he learns a lot.

    It should be good for England too, in the long term.

    Yet another youngster who looks like he will displace the incumbent Englishman on return from the lions. Glad that may got the nod, and not strettle.

    Hope wade gets a shot to play. I expect we will see twelvetrees, wade and tuilagi against the brumbies. As most who played today will be rested for the test.

  2. I don’t rate Barritt at all but soo glad for Wade he’s been immense all season, and with Bowes injury and the lack of quality on the wing outside of North if he gets the chance on Tuesday he could force himself into the test team!

    1. There is no doubting Barritt’s defensive capabilities, but the lions need more than that.

      I would hope that the calling up of Twelvetrees first would suggest he is higher up the order than barritt.

      Interesting to note, once again, that this is another player called into the centres over hook. How far down Gatland’s list must he be? Or is he only considered a 10?

  3. I don’t know much about Wade other than him being the second coming of Jason Robinson.

    But Barrit – eurgh. Epitomises the bad side of rugby where it’s all about stats, defence, tackling and just the joyless dogging out of 80 mins played around the halfway line. Yes, I know he’s good at defence but its no fun to watch. Please, please, please will whoever is now injured play with one leg instead.

  4. Couldn’t it have waited until after the match. Whay difference would a few hours make.
    These lions call ups are getting farcical

  5. Dear Mr Gatland

    I don’t suppose you just watched the South Africa v Scotland’s 2nds game. If you had you would have picked the outstanding Matt Scott instead of Brad Barritt; a young, exciting, talented centre instead of a boring less than sparkling, but to be fair a strong defensivly, player. Scott was simply brilliant and showed how much potential he has when he came of age in the six nations. I hope you don’t live to regret this, I sincerely do. But it may well end in tears.

    All the best

    F Mac

  6. Barritt is much better than people on here are giving him credit for – he isn’t hugely creative though I’ll admit.

    Matt Dawson made a good point re: 12trees call up, that it may be as much for what he can give in training to test the other centres as anything else. Barritt will certainly do this in terms of running hard, and being a serious obstacle for them to get past, as he is so strong in organising defences – something they will miss now without Roberts if he is definitely out. The defence in the backline is one of the major concerns too from both the Tahs and Reds games as the rush tactic has been slightly exposed.

    Wade is a special player though. Could have a serious impact if given the chance, especially as he will be something of an unknown quantity to the Wallabies.

  7. Wade deserves it, Wade and Yarde have shown Lancaster how wrong he was to keep playing Ashton. One is a lion despite having only 1 cap, the other has got a debut brace.
    Barritt, he has good defense but very little attacking threat, and Twelvetrees isn’t exactly a shoddy tackler. A confusing call up considering Twelvetrees’ presence but I doubt he’ll get any game time anyway, Gatland’s seemingly over-complex plan will soon become apparent. I think it’s just for peace of mind.

  8. Agree about Wade, it will be interesting to see him tested against some real international level opposition. However I would point out that Barritt has been a cornerstone of Saracens rise to one of the top teams in the premiership and HC as well as Englands performances in the 6n’s (including Wales game) Hid role as a defensive guru should not be underestimated nor his ability to create tries- recall the All Blacks game last year

    1. i will agree with most of this. defensively he is outstanding, and he is important to sarries, and has performed well for england.

      but, i think 12Ts brings so much more.

      and with regards to barritt “creating tries” and using the ABs game as a reference, i can only assume you are talking about the try that he scored… which came because the ABs were so threatened by Manu, that they left a hole for Barritt to walk through. its hardly “creating” a try when you simply run at a gap thats left. if you were not referring to that try, then please let me know which one.

  9. Agree Matt Scott exciting prospect. Also Kyle Eastmond’s s slalom past 4 Argentinean defenders combined with hard tackling. Maybe lions tour 2017?

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