Warren Gatland Reveals British & Irish Lions Players Must Adhere To Bizarre Ban

Banned.

British and Irish Lions players will not be allowed to hug – no matter the occasion, as they look to ensure COVID-19 does not interfere with their tour.

Despite the fact that the players are in a bubble together and will be regularly in contact with each other over the next few weeks whether that be on a training pitch or at their hotels, head coach Warren Gatland has revealed this rule is in place.

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It’s an interesting move to say the least but perhaps comes on the back of the bizarre Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell case from the Euros that has them quarantining for two weeks after close contact with Scotland international Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for the virus.

“We are very aware. The players that have had a couple of campaigns in the autumn and Six Nations – they were pretty good in terms of staying Covid-free,” Gatland said

“So we have to make sure we adhere to the protocols. And second, that there is no hugging.”

I wonder does this mean they can’t tackle each other? Or even scrummage in training? Surely that’s as bad as a hug. Just bizarre if you ask us.