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Lions 2017

Lions squad for the summer announced...

Forwards: Rory Best (Ireland), Dan Cole (England), Taulupe Faletau (Wales), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Jamie George (England), Iain Henderson (Ireland), Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), George Kruis (England), Courtney Lawes (England), Joe Marler (England), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Ross Moriarty (Wales), Sean O'Brien (Ireland), Peter O'Mahony (Ireland), Ken Owens (Wales), Kyle Sinckler (England), CJ Stander (Ireland), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Billy Vunipola (England), Mako Vunipola (England), Sam Warburton (Wales)

Backs: Dan Biggar (Wales), Elliot Daly (England), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Owen Farrell (England), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Jonathan Joseph (England), Conor Murray (Ireland), George North (Wales), Jack Nowell (England), Jared Payne (Ireland), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Tommy Seymour (Scotland), Ben Te'o (England), Anthony Watson (England), Rhys Webb (Wales), Liam Williams (Wales), Ben Youngs (England)

All in all I think it's pretty good, especially as there were rumours that Roberts and Earls had made it in. No Launchbury is pretty shocking, and think a couple of Welshmen are pretty lucky to be going (mainly Ross Moriarty no matter how good he was in 1 game against England).

Comments

  • Spot on re Launchbury.
  • Bound to be an injury drop out or two.
  • Any side that contains Itoje,Tipuric,Vunipolax2,CJ Stander,Kruis is going to be one hell of a team.
  • Just pleased Hartley didn't get in, nasty piece of work imo.

  • Surprised to see Ken Owens over Dylan Hartley.

    Scotlands Finn Russell or the Gray brothers are unlucky not to be included. This is the first time since 1908 that Scotland haven't had a Lion in the pack.

    You could argue Wales are not a form team, esepcially after the 6 nations so its a surprise to see so many Welsh players. I can only assume Gatland has selected the players he knows or fit the system he wants to play!
    Also Robshaw and Haskell were brillaint in Australia last year so again cant understand why one of them hasn't been selected.

    Just read about the last Lions tour where Wales provided 15 of the 37-man squad and more than half of the players in the starting line-ups, so its not surprising Gatland has a favouritsim to Welsh players. Mind you last time they had just won the back to back six nations, bit different this time!

  • edited April 19

    Lions squad for the summer announced...

    Forwards: Rory Best (Ireland), Dan Cole (England), Taulupe Faletau (Wales), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Jamie George (England), Iain Henderson (Ireland), Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), George Kruis (England), Courtney Lawes (England), Joe Marler (England), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Ross Moriarty (Wales), Sean O'Brien (Ireland), Peter O'Mahony (Ireland), Ken Owens (Wales), Kyle Sinckler (England), CJ Stander (Ireland), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Billy Vunipola (England), Mako Vunipola (England), Sam Warburton (Wales)

    Backs: Dan Biggar (Wales), Elliot Daly (England), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Owen Farrell (England), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Jonathan Joseph (England), Conor Murray (Ireland), George North (Wales), Jack Nowell (England), Jared Payne (Ireland), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Tommy Seymour (Scotland), Ben Te'o (England), Anthony Watson (England), Rhys Webb (Wales), Liam Williams (Wales), Ben Youngs (England)

    All in all I think it's pretty good, especially as there were rumours that Roberts and Earls had made it in. No Launchbury is pretty shocking, and think a couple of Welshmen are pretty lucky to be going (mainly Ross Moriarty no matter how good he was in 1 game against England).

    agree .. not too many surprises, Joe Launchberry is probably too 'nice' to have made it, all the locks are tough guys who don't mind a scrap and can get nasty 'in the dark' .. no doubt the provincial sides will try and soften up the Lions .. disagree about Moriarty, he's had a good season and like his dad is a tough versatile back rower ..
    Youngs and Halfpenny ? .. I would have gone for Kearney and the Irish number 2 scrum 1/2 who' s name escapes me .. Halfpenny is there for his goal kicking .. we'll give NZ a right good run for their money ..

    forgot to mention .. Warburton could well be a non playing captain at least in the tests .. to my mind he's the sixth choice in the back row
  • I thought the thread was about the scum's play off hopes..........

    thank God its not.
  • Looking forward to this. Predicting the Kiwis will be too much of a force but I'd take at least one win out of three.
  • as for the Scots, looking mentally weak while having 60+ put on you at Twickenham probably cost them 3 or 4 spots on the tour.
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