England man Courtney Lawes has said that spirits in the Lions camp are high and that he is enjoying the tough competition for a spot for the much anticipated All Blacks fixtures.

It is no secret that there is an ever growing division between the Lions mid-week and weekend XVs. Lawes, along with other Lions members has brushed away these accusations, stating that although is is evident there are two sides for the tour, the 41 man squad is as unified as ever. “We’re all sticking together well which is a really good thing for us,” said Lawes to TalkSPORT.

Lawes is well aware of the array of talent to Gatland’s disposal, going on to say; “There’s plenty of talent across the board and especially in the second row but that is what it is. All I can do is concentrate on my game and of course support the boys as much as I can as well”. Although the results may leave much to be asked of this years side, it is good to hear that the race for a place is creating positive competition, which may hopefully play a big part in their improvement for the tours to come.

Lawes was knocked out in the Lions’ loss against the Highlanders yesterday, but he will not let this get the better of his chances in stepping out on the 24th June against the All Blacks. Gatland is set to name his side for the first big fixture a week prior to the game, and it will be interesting to see who he will choose. Who would you choose to play in this tours feature games?