Lions tour: British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland adds four Welsh players to touring party

  • 17/06/2017
Warren Gatland at Lions training in Rotorua (Photosport)
Warren Gatland at Lions training in Rotorua (Photosport)

Head Coach Warren Gatland has called up four players as The British & Irish Lions prepare for the Test series against New Zealand.

Wales’ Cory Hill, Kristian Dacey, Gareth Davies and Tomas Francis will join the squad this afternoon following their Test against Tonga in Auckland last night.

"We have said all along that we need to give ourselves the best chance of winning the Test series and that could potentially involve calling up players," said Gatland.

"Bringing in these players from an identical time zone, who can hit the ground running and step straight in rather than having to adjust following long-haul travel will help us manage players before the 1st Test, give us quality training numbers to prepare properly as well as offering us options for selection for the Chiefs match."

The Welsh quartet will attend the game against the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua this evening.

Gatland added, "These are players currently on international duty who we are looking forward to welcoming into the Tour party as we did with several players in 2013. I spoke to all the Home Union coaches prior to departure and explained our thinking and they were all supportive."

There will be a further announcement regarding call-ups following the conclusion of other Home Union Tests this weekend.