Gatland – ‘Ringrose unlucky’

Date published: April 20 2017

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has said that Garry Ringrose was ‘very unlucky to miss out’ on selection for their tour of New Zealand.

It appears that the Leinster centre was taken out of the squad at the last minute to be replaced by England centre Jonathan Joseph.

22-year-old Ringrose may feel aggrieved, having enjoyed an impressive Six Nations campaign.

And Gatland has admitted that it was impossible to leave Joseph out, according to The 42.

“We decided on a number of positions yesterday [Tuesday],” said Gatland.

“We had a good discussion about the midfield and what I said to the rest
of the coaches was that we can’t leave Jonathan Joseph out.

“If I look at it from a Welsh perspective, he’s the one player that causes us so many problems when we play England. It’s his footwork and pace and some other midfielders in other teams don’t have the same stuff.

“There was a long debate in terms of the midfield, someone like Garry Ringrose was very unlucky to miss out.

He’s had a good Six Nations and he’ll learn from that. Andy Farrell thinks that in six months’ time, he’s someone that’s going to be incredibly special. I can assure you there was some lively debate about some of the final selections.”