Warren Gatland will announce his Lions selection on Thursday. Speculation will give way to approval from some, recrimination from others. There will be nine matches, including a pre-tour international against Japan in Edinburgh on June 26. The eight games in South Africa, will – all being well – run from July 7 to August 7, with the three Tests coming on successive weeks.
The Graham/Bryson case has confirmed fears that Sturgeon’s proposals would enable a predatory man to “game” the system.