Gatland defends timing of first Lions meeting after Saracens criticism

Warren Gatland

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland says Monday’s first squad meeting is “very important” after criticism of its timing by Saracens.

The squad met to collect their kit for this summer’s tour of New Zealand.

Saracens boss Mark McCall said it was “unbelievable” to host the meeting five days before his side play Clermont in the European Champions Cup final.