By Chris Foy for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 00:27 BST, 5 May 2021
Sam Simmonds has been backed to earn a place in the Lions squad and thrive in South Africa by another turbo-charged English back-rower, who made his name on the last tour there in 2009.
Tom Croft was still establishing himself at Test level when he was handed a late call-up by Sir Ian McGeechan and went on to be one of the stand-out performers in an epic series against the world champion Springboks 12 years ago.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The former Leicester flanker believes that Exeter No 8 Simmonds can prove that there is a place for his explosive pace and athleticism among so many giant international forwards — this summer with the Lions and beyond that with England.
England forward Sam Simmonds has been backed to earn a place in the Lions squad
‘Sam Simmonds is the perfect person to go on this tour,’ said Croft. ‘He is the undisputed in-form No 8 in the Premiership. He’s not got much international experience so that means there’s not much pressure on him — he can go out and just do his thing. I’d love to see him out there.’
Croft worked with Lions head coach Warren Gatland on the 2009 and