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Post by eirebilly on Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:56 am

First topic message reminder :

Just seen this page and there are some very big names never to have represented the Lions. Names that I could almost swear they had.

https://lastwordonrugby.com/2019/02/05/greatest-players-never-to-wear-the-lions-jersey/?fbclid=IwAR1hTFWhVpYZfpyGuec2mdZfE-fiwWSjv2B5Wr3xRZUqoJhH9kEHPIlbBbE

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:59 am

123456789. wrote:I think Jason White went in 2005 did he not?

He replaced Richard Hill and became the 48th player on the tour when he featured in the last midweek game.

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Post by TJ on Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:21 am


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Post by The Oracle on Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:10 am


Is it really unfair treatment? Or is it just coach’s prerogative to make the tough decisions? I’m sure Rowntree didn’t think at the time ‘You know what, I’m gonna f*ck over that Grant chap. Leave him out just to teach him a lesson’. THAT would be unfair treatment! But the coaches have an unbelievably difficult and pressured role to play and decisions to make, and they do what they feel is best at the time. It’s easy for us to say ‘unfair’ sitting in the comfort of our offices or living rooms. But I think ‘unfair’ is a little...... unfair in this instance!
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Post by miaow on Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:14 am

Good point. By and large coaches don't give a sheet about the person behind a player. Particularly some of the best ones - the holistic care is for other people/times to worry about than in the heat of a test match. A player is a lump of meat with abilities - even BOD. Selection is based on that and that's what you can query. In this instance, not taking off a shattered prop for another prop you've called up, and was in good form, seems a poor call, but you can see why it was (not) made as well considering the set-up of the team (minimise mistakes).

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Post by The Great Aukster on Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:23 pm

The Grant gripe is another great example why the Lions is anachronistic and should be scrapped. The modern disposable player approach required by the uber concentrated schedule gives no time for coaches to know the capabilities of their players much less consider their welfare.

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