England full-back Mike Brown has criticised Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions selection policies, telling The Rugby Paper he was “gutted” by his own omission.
With Scotland’s Stuart Hogg and Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny named as the specialist 15s to tour New Zealand this summer, 31-year-old Brown believes his final chance to experience a Lions tour has now passed.
It is going to be a nervous few weeks for Warren Gatland as he hopes all British & Irish Lions squad members can make the plane to New Zealand and face the All Blacks.
England coach Eddie Jones has invited 20 players — including Bristol’s Jason Woodward — to a training camp focused on strength and conditioning starting on Tuesday in Teddington.
“I didn’t take it well. I was gutted. I feel I’ve played really well from 2015 onwards so it was really disappointing to not get the call, but you can’t let one man’s decision define you,” said Brown.
Harlequins star Brown — who made his England debut in 2007 and has racked up 60 caps since — is unhappy with the lack of communication from Gatland over his status as a standby replacement.
“It’s really disappointing for guys like myself, James Haskell and Dylan Hartley because we probably won’t get another opportunity. I’ve had no feedback about being on standby either, which is also disappointing, so I’m not going to keep up false hopes.
“Instead I’ll reset my goals and concentrate fully on England and the excitement of going on a tough Argentina tour.”
The Lions face the world champion All Blacks in the first Test match of the tour on June 24 in Auckland.
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Brown hits out at Gatland over Lions omission
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