IF a Scottish rugby fan had saved assiduously to follow the Lions to Australia, how much satisfaction would he/she derive from shouting for 10 Welshmen, three Irishmen and two Englishmen in the final decisive test match?
I suggest that an equal number of players be chosen from each of the four countries. National rivalry and one-upmanship would thus be diluted. There would be more allegiance to the Lions jersey.
This system may not produce the very best combination available, but at least it would be more representative and generate less jingoism.