British Lions Squad Announcement

Only a few days until we know who will be named in The British and Irish Lions touring squad, taking on one of the biggest challenges you can get in Rugby Union. Trying to defeat New Zealand is tough enough, but on their soil makes it an even tougher challenge.

Most people seem to believe Warren Gatland and his coaches will be taking a 37 man squad named on Wednesday at lunchtime, for those named it will be a huge honour. To play a 3 test series in a 10 game tour the players will need to start quickly. Combinations and balance in the team will be huge with some areas being very well covered such as second row and back row. Some top class players will miss out on the initial squad but as we have seen in other tours, players arrive on tour late due to injuries and can have a major impact on a test series.

For what it’s worth this would be the 37 man squad I would take to try and wrestle a series victory against undoubtedly right now, the best team on the planet.

Back Three

Stuart Hogg Scotland

Liam Williams Wales

George North Wales

Denny Solomona England

Jack Nowell England

Elliot Daly England

Centres

Jonathan Joseph England

Garry Ringrose Ireland

Owen Farrell England

Robbie Henshaw Ireland

Ben Te’o England

Fly Halves

Jonathan Sexton Ireland

Dan Biggar Wales

Scrum Halves

Conor Murray Ireland

Rhys Webb Wales

Greig Laidlaw Scotland

Props

Mako Vunipola England

Jack McGrath Ireland

Gethin Jenkins Wales

Tadhg Furlong Ireland

Kyle Sinckler England

WP Nel Scotland

Hookers

Ken Owens Wales

Jamie George England

Dylan Hartley England

Locks

Maro Itoje England

Joe Launchbury England

Johnny Gray Scotland

Ian Henderson Ireland

Alun Wyn Jones Wales

Back Row

Peter O’Mahony Ireland

CJ Stander Ireland

Billy Vunipola England

Taulupe Faletau Wales

Sean O’Brien Ireland

Justin Tipuric Wales

Sam Warburton Wales (c)

It’s a huge ask but I believe The British and Irish Lions can give New Zealand a real test. If backs such as Sexton, Farrell, Joseph and Hogg can click with front foot ball provided by the pack they can be a match for anyone even New Zealand. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and look forward to what will be a fantastic month of rugby union action.

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