While his job with the British & Irish Lions might scarcely be further removed from what he imagined upon his appointment, Jason Leonard says he stays pleased to roll with the Covid-related punches regardless of the unpredictability surrounding this summer’s set up tour to South Africa.
3 times a tourist as a gamer, the former England prop was revealed as chairman of the party to go to the house of the world champs 20 months earlier, long prior to coronavirus had released itself on an unwary world.
Instead of unveiling the current interesting pre-tour advancements at an interview in a plush hotel, Leonard and the reporters he was rundown spoke on teleconference. Through no fault of his own, he dealt with a barrage of questions to which he could offer couple of conclusive answers, instead reiterating that while he is as confident as he can be that the tour will proceed as planned in June, a lot of details remain “fluid” and “up in the air”.
Asked if he was still taking pleasure in the task in the face of uncontrollable elements he could not have actually foreseen when he accepted it, he insisted he still considered it a satisfaction to be included. “I did laugh when you stated about 20 months ago [since his consultation] because it feels like about 20 years,” he said. “I believe anyone would ask: ‘Would you have liked to be chairman without all this?’ and, naturally, I would, however life has lots of misfortune. It’s normal rugby– you get torn down however you’ve got to pick yourself up, dust yourself down and return into the match.
” It’s not best however we do not live in a best world. I’m still enjoying it, even if I would have most likely enjoyed it a bit more if life was all hunky dory, but it’s not. Nor ought to we anticipate it to be because you’re constantly going to get speed bumps along the method. I’m honoured to be chairman of the British & Irish Lions and for me it’s a peak within our game as a player and as an administrator.”
With Warren Gatland set to announce his team for South Africa in less than five weeks, Leonard said the Lions coach would expose his backroom group on the 2nd Tuesday or Wednesday of this month. He is also cautiously positive a training school in Jersey and a pre-tour Test versus Japan at Murrayfield will proceed as planned.