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Who did enough in the Six Nations to make Gatland’s Lions squad? | Robert Kitson

Though the tour’s destination remains up in the air, plenty of options have emerged for the head coach’s party of 36

Every four years, whenever the Six Nations concludes, hope springs eternal. If a British & Irish Lions tour was scheduled to depart this weekend to Outer Mongolia there would still be a massive scramble to board the plane and to participate in the greatest adventure any rugby player from these islands can experience.

As it happens a fixture in Ulaanbaatar is about the only alternative venue not yet mooted for this summer’s tour. As a consequence of Covid-19, the trip cannot happen in front of the planned packed houses in South Africa and efforts to stitch together a viable itinerary in the UK and Ireland are still taking place, with four Tests versus the Springboks currently pencilled in for July and August.

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