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Six Nations provides selection 'headaches' for Lions boss Gatland

Neil Jenkins talks to Sam Warburton during training. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Neil Jenkins believes that the intensity of this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship will contribute to "a good few headaches" in selection for British and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland.

Two thirds of the games so far have been decided by six points or less, with only Italy finding themselves way off the pace.

And with some huge contests still to come, potentially highlighted by England's trip to Dublin next month, Gatland's player selection pool could further expand as he builds towards the New Zealand tour squad announcement on April 19.

The autumn is important, but it's nothing compared to what the Six Nations is.

There is a trophy at stake, and there is a Lions tour at stake at the end of it, and every single player who is involved in any of these squads will want to give it their best and try to stake a claim for a Lions spot in the summer, and none bigger than a tour of New Zealand...

I am sure 'Gats' and the staff will have a good few headaches when the time comes for selection. There are a lot of big games to come yet, and it will be quite interesting to see how it unfolds.

– Neil Jenkins, Wales Assistant Coach

FT: Derby County 3-4 Cardiff City

Cardiff come away from Derby with three points after trailing at half time.

Kadeem Harris added a second to his tally not long after the break, drawing the Bluebirds with the home side, before Craig Noone made it 3-2.

Darren Bent equalised for Derby and it looked as though Cardiff would have to settle for a point, but a foul on Rhys Healey gave the Bluebirds a chance at a penalty and Joe Ralls sealed the win.

Final score: Derby County 3-4 Cardiff City.


HT: Derby County 2-1 Cardiff City

It's 2-1 at half time as Cardiff City face Derby away in the Championship.

Derby went 2-0 up within the first 20 minutes thanks to the efforts of Julien De Sart and Darren Bent. Bent came close to adding a second shortly after, but his shot was blocked in the box.

Kadeem Harris brought the Bluebird back to within a point, just before half time.

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