Tom Court called into Lions squad

courtIreland loose-head prop Tom Court has been called up to the Lions squad as injury cover for Alex Corbisiero, who continues to struggle with a calf injury. The Ulsterman was in Australia already, which is why he has been preferred to other options who would not have been able to make it out in time go straight onto the bench for Tuesday’s game against the Rebels.

Ryan Grant comes into the starting line-up as Mako Vunipola drops out all together, to give him the chance to potentially start at the weekend in the second test.

Elsewhere in the squad, Paul O’Connell is struggling with an arm injury but will remain with the squad to have it monitored.

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25 comments on “Tom Court called into Lions squad

  1. Hibbard with Sheridan and Jones is a heavier front row which might destroy Australia at scrum time. Completely agree however that Tom Youngs has earned the right to no. 2 shirt.

    Does the call up of court presumably for midweek cover mean that gatland cannot call up Sheridan too? Forgive me if I am missing something obvious.

  2. nothing stopping him calling up Sheridan, but why bother? Court isn’t a replacement for Corbs. Mako replaces Corbs, which means someone already on tour will go on the bench. Probably Stevens. Having Mako on midweek and test duty isn’t ideal so bring someone in who can give him a rest – i.e. Tom Court.

    Calling up Sheridan would mean he would not play the midweek game. Really speaking, the squad dynamic and the practice that’s already gone into the team and calls etc would make it very difficult for him to get into the test side for this weekend and – without a midweek game to get up to scratch – difficult for the 2nd test.

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