Owen Farrell has been ruled out of Saturday’s Maori All Blacks game with a quad injury. Farrell is now also a doubt for the first test on the 24th June.
The bad news has been tempered by word that Andy Goode is on his way to New Zealand. Rumours are circulating that Gatland may be considering a surprise late call-up for the ex-England number 10 who will be in the country on media duty.
Goode did little to quash the rumours with a tweet suggesting he is ready to offer his services should they be needed.
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) June 15, 2017
Many believe that Goode should have been in the initial squad, with a Facebook page ‘Andy Goode For The Lions 2017’ generating over 12k supporters.
All Black supporters will be wary of Goode given his history with New Zealand legend Dan Carter, who once described the English man as the most naturally talented flyhalf to ever play the game.