Tis indeed an interesting one.Perhaps more interesting is do we think the four home nations would individually have done any worse than the Lions?
SA were probably stronger at the WC than on the lions tour due to better preparation. Wales came close to beating them as did England.
Does blending squads strengthen or weaken performances?
Intuitively it should strengthen things. Doesnt always pan out that way unfortunately.
The lions is an institution. The touring players appear to like it. The host nation seems to like it. The fans seem to like it.
However, it is becoming increasingly challenged by the world rugby schedule.