2017 Lions Player Retrospective: Elliot Daly
Elliot Daly’s potential is no secret and after impressing on the international stage with England, Warren Gatland decided to give him his first British & Irish Lions Tour.
The Wasps winger was keen to show how crucial he could be to the Lions squad ahead of the Test Series against New Zealand.
And he produced a masterful display against the Chiefs, making 46 metres in 59 minutes, which ensured Gatland would give the 24-year-old nod at Eden Park.
Following the victory over the Chiefs, Daly said: “It would be amazing to be named in that Test side, at the start of the year I didn’t think that I had a chance.
“But if I get anywhere near it, it will be unbelievable.”
— British&Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) July 8, 2017
Daly would go on to play in all three Test games during which he proved his worth and demonstrated how crucial his long-range kicking can be.
His penalty in the third Test just after half-time helped bring the Lions back within three points and heap pressure on the All Blacks in Auckland as the match eventually finished 15-15 to draw the Series.
Daly was keen to get the full experience of a Lions Tour and away from the field, the 24-year-old joined Mako Vunipola, George Kruis and Rhys Webb handed out their gifts and answered questions at Orewa College.
Daly played a total of 419 minutes in a standout maiden Tour with the Lions, making 191 metres and beating 11 players during his seven appearances.