The Ireland star was asked by Brian O’Driscoll, as part of the BT Sport series Lions Call, who he sees as the main contenders to wear the No.9 jersey in next summer’s three-Test series with South Africa.
For all that, the club’s demotion for multiple salary cap breaches means the build-up to the 2021 Lions for potential tourists will be far from ideal – involving second tier games at clubs such as Ampthill and Jersey.
Jack Maunder was speaking on behalf of Gallagher’s Rugby Club of the Season competition, in which his local Devon club Kingsbridge RFC are finalists. Find out more at ajg.com/uk/news-and-insights/2020/january/gallagher-rugby-club-competition
The former Pakistan skipper, who is married to India’s tennis star Sania Mirza and has a one-year-old son Izhaan, had not met his family since the start of the year in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak .
“BCCI and ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board] are in consultation with a view to confirming the 2021 schedules for an all-formats England men’s tour to India to run from late January to late March and for India’s Test tour to England due in the summer of 2021,” the BCCI said in a statement.
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“But it’s difficult for us to entirely rule out any options when we’re in the current situation where we’ve got members with existing, fixed-term contracts in some senses essentially being strong-armed into thinking they have no choice but to sign an inferior contract.”
A spokesman for the Duke told The Sunday Times: “The Duke is supportive of the comments that the RFU made this week regarding the review and he will follow the lead of the RFU on the matter.”
“His performances on the field and his leadership and friendship off it all add up to him being a massive part off what this club has been about these last 10 years. He’s been instrumental in setting the tone and driving stuff.”
“Then something switched and I’ll never forget this moment, even though we’d had a few beers. Adam said to me, ‘Mate, if you want to play for England you kind of need to buck your ideas up’.