Gatland Confirms Two Lions Players Got Injections After The Japan Game But Squad In Good Shape Overall
Latest posts by Jason Hennessy (see all)
- Former Ireland Captain Rory Best Lands International Coaching Role - October 19, 2021
- Keith Earls Opens About His Struggles In Incredible Honest & Open Rare Interview - October 16, 2021
- Big Names Return As Munster & Connacht Name Teams For URC Showdown In Thomond Park - October 15, 2021
Ready to rock.
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has revealed that Anthony Watson and Dan Biggar had to get cortisone injections after the win over Japan at Murrayfield on Saturday.
England winger Watson was complaining of a sore toe and had to get it injected while man of the match Dan Biggar also had to get treatment with a knee problem after the game. Both men look set to play key roles in the series and hopefully, their injuries won’t reoccur.
Other than that the team is in pretty good shape ahead of their tour opener this weekend, a bit sore of course after the Japan game with a couple of knocks, but overall in good shape.
“The boys are all pretty good but they’re a bit sore after the Japan game,” Gatland said.
“You’d expect a few knocks and stuff. Pretty much everyone is pretty good, really.
“Anthony Watson had a sore toe which we injected. Dan Biggar had a knee which had a cortisone as well, so just a couple of minor complaints but nothing serious.”
In terms of his team selection for this weekend, with Josh Adams the only survivor from the starting line-up on Saturday, Gatland said the plan was always to give everyone in the squad an early start.
“We spoke always about giving everybody an opportunity in the first three games,” Gatland said.
“Josh Adams is the one who doubles up and we’ve made 14 changes.
“The guys are starting to gel together. There were aspects of the Japan game that we were very happy with, particularly the first half.
“They play a different style and put us under a bit of pressure, but the boys have looked pretty sharp over the last couple of training days. We’ve got another session this afternoon [Thursday] before the captain’s run [on Friday].”