With the hours ticking down until the British & Irish Lions squad announcement, former Scotland scrum-half Andy Nicol believes only two Scots will be involved.
As well as full-back Stuart Hogg, a definite selection for most people, Nicol feels that his Glasgow Warriors team mate Tommy Seymour will also get the nod.
“I would go with Seymour. He deserves to go,” the pundit told BBC.
“It has been a rollercoaster with the Lions throughout this calendar year.
“When Glasgow went back to back with Racing 92 in the Champions Cup over Christmas and then demolished Leicester at Welford Road, then Scotland had that great start to the 6 Nations against Ireland, I reckon we had about eight in the mix.
“The likes of Ryan Wilson, Fraser Brown, Hamish Watson, Finn Russell, Alex Dunbar and Hugh Jones joined the usual suspects of Hogg, Seymour and the Gray brothers.
“But I just think that, as the 6 Nations went on, even though we beat Wales, Twickenham was the big problem.
“I was at a Lions event the week before Twickenham and Warren Gatland said to me he wanted to see how these Scotland players coped away from home at Twickenham and I don’t think it could have gone any more wrong.”
Meanwhile, former Scotland skipper David Sole told the Lions official website: “I thought it was a terrific 6 Nations, apart from perhaps one game at Twickenham, the less said the better about that one. But there was some exceptional rugby played by all teams.
“I think it’s made Warren Gatland’s job very difficult. Even when you think about the captaincy, that’s one of the most important roles on a Tour and I think picking the right person, particularly to go to New Zealand where rugby is so embedded in their culture is really important decision for him to make. I think he’s spoiled for choice in
many respects. It is undoubtedly the toughest of places to take a side.
“I have a vested interest in seeing as many Scots on the tour as possible and Stuart Hogg has a terrific chance of starting in the Tests because of his attacking ability.
“I’d like to see Tommy Seymour go. I don’t think he’s seen as much of the ball as he might have done, but he’s a real finisher, he really takes the chances he gets.
“Hamish Watson has also played very well, he was outstanding for Edinburgh against La Rochelle and he might have forced his way into contention. You look at the other players in contention with Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric, and depending on the blend you could see Chris Robshaw coming back into contention and the openside is a very competitive slot.
“Watson is definitely in with a chance. For a small man he’s incredibly powerful. He’d go down well in New Zealand, they like that sort of player and admire so I think it would be interesting to see how he gets on.”
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