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It is really disappointing for Billy and we know how much he was looking forward to joining the squad. He has been carrying an injury and feels he wouldn't be able to contribute fully to the Tour and needs further medical treatment. We really appreciate his honesty in making this decision and wish him luck with his recovery. We have called up James to the squad, we wish him all the best next weekend and look forward to welcoming him into camp before we depart.feedback
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May 21 2017
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When we select a squad, it's not always about the rugby content. Everyone who's available, who's on [a national] tour I see as being a part of that potential backup list. We'll notify the individual unions of those players and the players as well and, if some of the players aren't involved in tours that are on that list, we'll contact them too. There are six to 10 players out there who are probably going to be called in at some stage on this tour. I understand it's a massive week for them.feedback

We fully understand and respect Ben's decision to stay at home.feedback

Coaching the Lions is a great privilege. The 2013 tour was a real career highlight for me and I'm honoured to be offered the role again. For the All Blacks a Lions series is the ultimate test, but I'm 100% confident that we can go and win in New Zealand. The chance to work with the best players from the four Home Nations is a coach's dream and we have some outstanding talent to select from.feedback

I want the English players to front up. And if they do come through it all, yes, that is good for the Lions.feedback

People will be amazed that the stuff that is keeping me busy at the moment is looking after all the sponsors.feedback

He's a different captain to other players, he leads by example, doesn't say a lot and he's had that experience and he's in contention, definitely.feedback

In fairness for Sam, he's played very well and had a great Six Nations.feedback

They [England] rate Jamie George highly and there's a huge amount of competition in a number of positions, particularly in England.feedback

We all know what Neil and Graham bring – a huge amount of knowledge, experience and expertise. They understand what it will take to win in New Zealand and to have them on board again is positive.feedback

For a lot of players this weekend is really important and the match-ups at Twickenham are reasonably significant. I'm interested in how the two 10s [Finn Russell and George Ford] match up against each other. Same with the wingers – I thought Tim Visser played well against Wales and Tommy Seymour has been impressive, while Sean Maitland has been playing well for Saracens. Stuart Hogg has done all right, so there's a little bit of depth in Scotland's back three.feedback

In midfield, they've got someone like Matt Scott who hasn't even been involved, as well as Alex Dunbar and Huw Jones. So I think there are some nice match-ups between England and Scotland in the backs. Up front, Scotland have a genuine openside in Hamish Watson, and they've got strength in the back row – they will fancy themselves against England because I'm still not convinced that Itoje is a six and Vunipola has not played a lot of rugby. The two Gray boys have also gone well, so there are some really good match-ups in the Calcutta Cup.feedback

You've got to think about the Lions being away from home, against one of the best teams in the world. So I'm looking at it from a Scottish point of view and seeing that they've got two wins at home. So there are a few challenges for Scotland this weekend, although Wales probably need a result more than Scotland do.feedback

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