Lions 2017: Scotland players can make case - Jason O'Halloran

Jason O'Halloran
Jason O'Halloran will join Glasgow Warriors' coaching staff at the end of the season
Autumn Tests: Scotland v Australia
Date: Saturday, 12 November Venue: BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Watch on BBC One; listen on Radio Scotland 92-95FM and online; live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Scotland players can advance their case for a place on the 2017 Lions tour with a good showing against Australia, says attack coach Jason O'Halloran.

The Wallabies thumped Wales in Cardiff last weekend and O'Halloran believes the poor display from key Welshmen has opened the door for several Scots.

"Some Lions options were exposed quite badly last week," the New Zealander said.

"It would certainly give our guys an opportunity to make the squad."

Scottish representation on Lions tours has dwindled in the last 20 years, with Tom Smith the last Scot to start a test match on a Lions tour as long ago as 2001.

O'Halloran concedes that trend is unlikely to change too drastically when Warren Gatland names his squad to tour New Zealand at the end of the season.

But he does feel there is an opportunity for some of Scotland's key men to catch Gatland's eye before then, starting against Australia on Saturday.

Tom Smith
Tom Smith was a key man in the Lions pack in both 1997 and 2001

"We're not suggesting we're going to get a massive contingent in the Lions side at this stage but there are plenty of Tests to come between now and the selection for that team," said O'Halloran.

"As a collective, if we play well, we'll give ourselves a better chance as individuals."

Saturday's game at Murrayfield is the first meeting between the sides since Australia's controversial World Cup quarter-final victory at Twickenham last year.

O'Halloran admits there were not too many chinks in the Wallabies' armour on display in a clinical performance against Wales.

"Because they had the ball for about 85% of the game, it was hard to pick out too much as an attack coach," said the one-cap All Black.

"But there were a couple of things there we think we can exploit."

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