Bit harsh and early to say whether someone like Gil Dudson might not be in the reckoning with another couple of years on their backs. Who would have picked Gareth Carvell at 21/2? It maybe be only one or two (or maybe not even any) in the first instance but if it was a regular four-year tour then it would be an incentive to a young welsh or scottish junior thinking of doing a Rhys Evans.
Completely agree - we can't write off some of these players who will have another 2.5 seasons under their belt by the time the Lions tour.
Might be worth stipulating a minimum of 2 players from each home nation in the squad of 25. This then incentives the likes of Brough, McIllorum, Carvell, Evans, Dudson etc... to stay with their first country and still be in line for a GB Place.
Worst case scenario is you have a strong 19 for the test matches and the weaker 6 play a part in the in-between games (if there are any)