Have these Lions played their last match of the New Zealand tour?

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Following Tuesday's 31-31 draw with the Hurricanes, all that remains for the British and Irish Lions on their tour to New Zealand is two Tests against the All Blacks.

With the tourists needing to win both to clinch an unlikely series victory following a 30-15 defeat in the opener, competition for places has intensified.

Unfortunately for some players, the end of the midweek matches likely means the end of their tour.

Here we take a look at some of the men for whom Test selection could just be out of reach.

 

TOMMY SEYMOUR

The Scotland wing scored two tries against the Hurricanes but he remains up against it in his bid to form part of the matchday 23 for either of the remaining two Tests. His only appearance in a Saturday squad came in the opening match of the tour against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and his best performance so far has probably come too late.

 

ROBBIE HENSHAW

Many had Henshaw down as a potential Test starter coming into the tour, but it just has not worked out for the Ireland centre. Restricted to midweek appearances, Henshaw has not done enough to force his way into the coaching staff's thoughts for weekend selection and a shoulder injury picked up against the Hurricanes may seal his fate.

 

DAN BIGGAR

Warren Gatland's midweek man at 10, Biggar has started matches against the Blues, the Highlanders, the Chiefs and the Hurricanes, racking up 35 points as the Lions won just one of those four encounters. He also came off the bench against the Maori All Blacks, but with Owen Farrell and Jonathan Sexton in front of him in the Test queue, another appearance seems unlikely.

 

GREIG LAIDLAW

Laidlaw will have joined up with the squad knowing he had a mountain to climb if he was to feature in the Tests. Initially left out of the squad by Gatland, it was Ben Youngs' withdrawal that opened the door for Laidlaw's involvement. He has actually made six appearances in eight matches on tour so far, but is behind Conor Murray and Rhys Webb in the pecking order.

 

RORY BEST

Best was among the candidates to be named captain in the build-up to the tour but has had to settle for the role of midweek skipper in matches against the Chiefs and the Hurricanes. He could yet be involved in the Tests from the bench but Jamie George and Ken Owens are Gatland's preferred options at hooker.

 

JAMES HASKELL

Like Laidlaw, Haskell was not part of the original squad and was called in following an injury to Billy Vunipola. He forms part of a highly competitive race for the position of starting flanker - a battle that even saw squad captain Sam Warburton left out of the opening Test.

 

THE LATE CALL-UPS

The mid-tour call-ups of Kristian Dacey, Allan Dell, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Gareth Davies and Finn Russell based on geography was hugely controversial. Only the Scottish pair of Dell and Russell have actually had any game time at all since their inclusion - both as temporary replacements - and it would be a big shock to see any of the six named in a Test squad.