Western Daily Press

West stars in the running to join Lions

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“I want to try and get as many touches as I can and create something, but at the end of the day as long we are winning I am happy.”

Lions head coach Warren Gatland will name his 36-man squad for this summer’s tour at 12.30pm today.

Cherry and Whites centre Chris Harris and winger Jonny May are also in contention for a place in the squad with 50 players privately notified they have made the shortlist.

Gloucester head coach George Skivington said: “I hope there will be as many as possible from Gloucester in there. Anyone who gets on that tour and represents Gloucester will be brilliant. Anyone who gets on the Lions tour, it is a phenomenal achievemen­t and they will enjoy it and come back a better player.

“All credit to Zam, a lot of people are talking about him and the Lions but there has been no mention of it from him, he is fully focused on Gloucester and Northampto­n at the weekend. He is very focused and very driven and works very hard.”

Discussing Scottish centre Harris, Skivington said: “You will be hard pressed to find a better defensive 13 than Chris. He reads the game so well. I thought in the Six Nations he was one of the standout players so from my point of view he has done enough, and week to week in the Premiershi­p he is always one of the best players on the pitch.”

Bath scrum-half Ben Spencer is another West-based player being tipped to make it into the Lions squad today while his Bath teammates, number eight Taulupe Faletau and full-back Anthony Watson also look like making the squad.

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