With the news that Alan Quinlan’s ban means he will not travel with the Lions, the hunt is on for his replacement.
Tom Croft appears to be the standout candidate, and his exclusion in the first place was the biggest talking point when the squad was announced. He seems to be finishing the season in fine form, and would offer an extra dimension to the Lions attack.
Ryan Jones is probably also being considered. Jones would fit more easily with the brute force gameplan that has been indicated by the squad selection, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the nod.
James Haskell shouldn’t be ruled out, given his Wasps connections, but I think that would be an error and would prefer to see either of Croft or Jones above Haskell.
Who else is in contention? I can’t think of many others that would merit selection.