Imagine Sam Warburton or Warren Gatland before the Lions kick off against Australia.
Sam Warburton's first act as Lions captain was to tell the coaches that he would not expect to play in the first Test against Australia next month if his form did not merit selection.
Jamie Hosie asks if the selection for the British and Irish Lions side just got tougher.
Winning a Lions Test series is the ultimate challenge but flying out with a fully-fit 37-man tour squad in scintillating form remains almost as tricky an assignment.
Rugby Union: The 2013 British Lions tour gets underway shortly, and Jamie Hosie is on hand to make an early prediction for the first starting 15.
Chris Robshaw has not had the smoothest of months and more turbulence could lie ahead following confirmation that his back-row colleague Tom Wood will captain England on their upcoming tour to Argentina this summer.
If Chris Robshaw had the casting vote he would be part of England's squad touring Argentina this summer.
Those England players still mourning their failure to make the Lions squad have been advised to get over it and focus all their energies on their country's tour to Argentina.
Eddie Jones has poured scorn on suggestions from Toulon’s owner, Mourad Boudjellal, that Steffon Armitage has been promised an immediate route back into the England squad this year, insisting the flanker will have to move back across the Channel before he is considered for international duty and denying having spoken to anyone at the French club.
It is nine years since an English club lifted Europe’s premier club trophy but Saracens can sense their time approaching.
English rugby has over the years developed a reputation for a Roundhead attitude, but it is the round ball that is inspiring Eddie Jones as the national team’s head coach looks to build on this year’s grand slam success and oversee a fundamental change in playing style.