Sheridan plays down Lions hopes
April 24, 2013
Andrew Sheridan on the charge for Toulon © Getty Images
Toulon prop Andrew Sheridan has revealed he is not expecting a British & Irish Lions call-up when the squad for the summer's tour to Australia is unveiled on April 30.
Reports on Tuesday suggested Lions coach Warren Gatland has not contacted Toulon coach Bernard Laporte since November. With Toulon in line to make the Top 14 final on June 1 - the same day the Lions play the Barbarians in Hong Kong - it seems likely Gatland will not turn to Toulon's potential Lions for the summer's tour, apart from Gethin Jenkins who will re-join the Cardiff Blues ahead of next season.
Sheridan has been an integral part of Toulon's side this year and if he plays against Saracens in Sunday's Heineken semi-final, it will be his 30th match of the season - a far cry from last term where he made just eight appearances for the Sale Sharks.
But despite his impressive form, and his reputation as one of the world's most ferocious scrummagers, he is not expecting a call from Gatland telling him he is on the plane.
"The Lions is not on the agenda," Sheridan told the Telegraph. "You have your time on the international front and you move on. There's no point stewing over it. Even if I hadn't come here, there was a sense that England wanted to look to the future, and rightly so.
"It was a great honour, too, to go on two Lions tours [2005 and 2009] but those days are behind me. I really hope they go well in Australia but it's something that I'll not be part of."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"I am bored of hearing 'I can't fault the effort'. Let us take that for granted and look for some quality." John Taylor writes
Reports comparing the 2014 Wallabies with their rabble-like predecessors of 2005 are unfair and self-serving, Greg Growden reports
Wales did the All Blacks a favour with their best effort against New Zealand for many years, for 68 minutes at Millennium Stadium, Craig Dowd writes
In the wake of another perfect November series, Monday Maul talks to NZRU CEO Steve Tew about the constant demand for perfection