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17th Jun 2013

Lions Watch: Cuthbert pays heavy price for roaming, table tennis competition and more Lions photoshopping


Alex Cuthbert hit with nasty roaming charges, table-tennis competition heating up and more questionable Photoshop action

Alex Cuthbert’s roaming is going to hit him in the pocket

We all know the pain only too well of heading on holidays and recoiling in horror when we find the roaming charges that have followed a trip away. Which is why we have a degree of sympathy for Welsh wing Alex Cuthbert, though we don’t think he’ll be scraping his pockets to pay the hefty charges.

He tweeted the pricey bill, but really he should have more sense. Stick to the Wi-Fi in the hotel, only go to an Internet shop if you really have to and nasty surprises like these will be nothing but a distant memory.


His fee for appearing on tour should go a long way to cushioning the blow.

Competitive nature coming out in table tennis games

Whatever about the quality of opposition for some of the Lions games thus far on tour, the players have said that competition has been high and intense on the training ground. And it would appear that off the pitch things are equally competitive.

Table tennis is a great game to get the competitive juices flowing and in camp, it seems to be a very popular pastime among the players. Though some are of the opinion they are better than their challengers. Alex Cuthbert and Jamie Roberts are confident in their own ability, while Conor Murray and Simon Zebo think they are top dogs among the touring party.

Cuthbert got the ball rolling with claims that he was number one in the squad, which was quickly spotted by his teammaates.


No such thing as a quiet relaxing game on tour then.

Shane Williams gets the Lions photoshop treatment

We thoroughly enjoyed the first Lions squad team picture when it was released. Not only was it good to see Warren Gatland’s men don the famous red jerseys, it showed us just how comical Photoshop can be when Brian O’Driscoll was given the once over when he couldn’t make the photo shoot.

Shane Williams, a very late call-up to the squad and who will take a starting spot against the Brumbies tomorrow, had little time to gather his thoughts, never mind pose for a photo with the kit, but media requirements meant something was needed by the press.

Shane Williams 17/6/2013

The 36 year-old retired from Test rugby 18 months ago arrives from Japan and says his fitness levels are good as Gatland looks to bolster his injury hit squad.

Since that first photo there have been plenty of opportunities to snap the pint-sized Welsh winger with his new team-mates, but the first picture looked a little disproportionate.

Then again, Williams is one of the trickier players to find a body look-a-like to put his picture on.

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