Lions should play hard ball with PRL
REPORTS about the threat to the very existence of the Lions will be viewed with dismay by rugby supporters across the British Isles as well as those in the host countries.
Seemingly those concerns do not extend to the powers-that-be within English rugby whose actions have posed that threat. But there is a simple solution, namely that the Lions management issue a statement that they feel unable to consider any English player for the 2021 tour to South Africa.
If they did so now it would leave plenty of time for Premiership Rugby to consider whether England has a place within world rugby and, if so, what that place is. Hopefully, this will lead to them fine-tuning their present proposals so as to avoid the threat. JOHN ROWLANDS via email