British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has warned players to miss the team’s preparation match against Japan on June 26. This will be at a disadvantage when he makes his final selection for the world champions South Africa tour. Rugby fans can book Lions vs Japan on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

The Lions are locked in a battle with Premiership Rugby for the release of players with the final of the competition to be played the same weekend. This falls outside of the World Rugby Regulation 9 period that forces clubs to release Players.

Warren Gatland fires the British Lions warning to England-based players
Warren Gatland fires the British Lions warning to England-based players

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Gatland has uncovered that the Saracens are likewise arranging a camp in Wales in front of the Japan game. THis camp will be significant in detailing their draft plans.

“It is not 100% final at this time that the players will not be released. There are still some negotiations that will continue between now and then,” Gatland told reporters Wednesday.

But if England has a great Six Nations, it could mean that a third of the players on the Lions team is missing for the Japan game. They will also miss the camp in Wales last week. Rugby fans can book British & Irish Lions vs Brave Blossoms Japan Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

if England has a great Six Nations, a third of the players on the Lions team is missing for the Japan game
if England has a great Six Nations, a third of the players on the Lions team is missing for the Japan game

“We want to take the best players on the road. The reality is that it could affect the national team. If you end up with a 50-50 call to a player, players who may be in camp in Wales and the Japan game could get the go-ahead on someone who is not available until the week before the first game in South Africa.”

Warren Gatland

Gatland has suggested that England’s players should apply for the release of their clubs.

“Hopefully common sense prevails, to go on a Lions tour. The interest it creates in and out of the sport, you can come back as a superstar. Maybe the players need to express their opinion on that. I think it would be quite powerful,” he said.

Only two of the 12 top-tier English clubs will participate in the final. Premiership Rugby has said that none will release players before the Regulation 9 window, including Saracens. Saracens will compete in the Championship. The Lions will play three tryouts and five prep games on the tour that runs from July 3 to August. 7.