Rob Howley believes a number of the Wales squad will tour with the British and Irish Lions
By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter: @SkysportsTC. Last Updated: 18/03/13 3:17pm
Wales interim head coach Rob Howley admits a number of his squad could have a "busy summer" after an impressive RBS Six Nations campaign.
From being 30-3 down to Ireland at half-time in their opening game of this season's championship, Wales came storming back in emphatic style.
The side got better and better as the tournament progressed, culminating in the 30-3 thumping of England at the Millennium Stadium to clinch the title.
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The pinnacle of British and Irish Rugby, the Lions tour, returns and heads to Australia. Sky Sports will broadcast the entire tour live with all three Tests against the Wallabies plus all seven warm-up matches. For the first time, the inaugural tour match will take place in Hong Kong. The British & Irish Lions tour will be the fifth consecutive tour shown exclusively live on Sky.
And with the British and Irish Lions set to head to Australia for a 10-match tour in the summer, Howley believes a number of his players will be involved.
"As a player you know that coming into a championship in Lions year how important your performances are going to be," said Howley.
"They are under the microscope throughout the championship and they performed as you expected them to. They turned up.
"The pressure was on us a little bit more. The talk was about England winning and the points. We had to make sure we started well... so some of them might have a busy summer."
Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Sam Warburton, Adam Jones are among a strong Wales contingent set to be involved in the Lions squad when it is announced by head coach Warran Gatland.
The Lions kick-off their tour against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on June 1, with three Tests against the Wallabies taking place on June 22 (Brisbane), June 29 (Melbourne) and July 6 (Sydney).