British & Irish Lions Tour Manager, Gerald Davies, and Head Coach Ian McGeechan, today announced that Leinster and Irish centre Gordon D’Arcy has been called into the Lions’ squad for the remainder of the tour.
Commenting on the call up, Ian McGeechan said, “Gordon has been called up due to the fact that we have had a few injury concerns in the backs. While the injuries are being treated by the medical team we felt it prudent that we call up Gordon to provide us with extra cover in midfield.”
“Due to the short nature of this tour we have to be prepared for every eventuality. An extra back at this stage, three matches into the tour, will provide the extra depth to cover the existing injuries plus any further injuries we may encounter.”
With the likes of Keith Earls and Riki Flutey both carrying knocks, Jamie Roberts playing twice and James Hook not having had a run out yet it seems prudent to have more cover at centre. Max Evans must be gutted he picked up an injury when he did.
In other news, Glasgow have signed young (Scottish qualified) centre Peter Murchie from London Welsh.