England man James Haskell was one of the many options which didn’t make Gatland’s side for the Lions tour tour of New Zealand next month, self claiming that he was simply not good enough to make the cut.
Haskell has always been a strong name on the England team sheet, and he also had a good Six Nations this year; which is why it may be surprising to some that he has never been named in a Lions squad. Although, he has not let this get to him, stating on The Guardian; “The Lions is the pinnacle of every rugby player’s career. It’s the difference between being a good player and a great player and I obviously wasn’t good enough to do it. That’s the fact,”. You’ve got to give it to him, he’s taken it well.
There is no doubt that being picked to put on the Lions shirt is a great honour, and Haskell agrees, further going on to say; “It’s something that you want to do but a lot of people, like myself, are always out of arm’s reach. It was not to be really, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I’ve tried my best but I wasn’t meant to be a Lion…”, which is fair enough after he proved his worth earlier this year for Eddie Jones’ England side.
Do you think that Haskell deserved a seat on the plane to New Zealand next month?