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    Name your Lions team

    With the Six Nations now over almost a week and the grin on my face slowly beginning to fade, it's time for what is by far the most fun part of the Lions tour- picking the side. Here's my provisional XV:

    FB: L Byrne
    LW: S Williams
    RW: P Sackey
    OC: B O'Driscoll
    IC: T Shanklin
    OH; R O'Gara (but Wilkinson if fit and on form)
    SH: D Peel
    8: J Heaslip (Ryan Jones is surely better, but Heaslip's season has been so vastly superior)
    BF: T Croft
    OF: D Wallace
    L: P O'Connell
    L: S Shaw (I'd love Nathan Hines in here, but realistically it's not a good idea)
    P: G Jenkins
    H: M Rees
    P: P Vickery

    Can't make my mind up about most of those positions, but especially the scrum-half, second second-row and hooker. Hum.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

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    Wouldn't be surprised to see no England players at all really
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    1. M. Horan
    2. M. Rees
    3. P. Vickery
    4. P. O Connell
    5. A. Wyn Jones
    6. R. Jones
    7. M.Williams
    8. J. Heaslip
    9. T. O' Leary
    10. S.Jones
    11. S. Williams
    12. D. Cipriani
    13. B. O Driscoll (C)
    14. S. Halfpenny
    15. R. Kearney
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    No Lee Byrne Phlegm? He was the third or fourth "dead-cert" i had down. Cipriani will get munched in defence playing inside centre too. Although i'd like to see that so I'm inclined to agree with his selection there.

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    Going with "who I think will be picked" rather than "who I'd pick".

    1. Sheridan (ENG)
    2. Flannery (IRE)
    3. Murray (SCO)
    4. O'Connell* (IRE)
    5. AW Jones (WAL)

    6. R Jones (WAL)
    7. D Wallace (IRE)
    8. Heaslip (IRE)
    9. Phillips (WAL)
    10. Wilkinson (ENG)
    11. S Williams (WAL)
    12. D'Arcy (IRE)
    13. O'Driscoll (IRE)
    14. Bowe (IRE)
    15. Byrne (WAL)

    Nailed-on selections in bold, all four of them! Think Byrne's gone backwards slightly and if I was picking my team would have Armitage in there instead. Wallace is on sticky wicket too; Martyn Williams is probably the best specialist 7 in the NH still, had an ordinary time of things in the 6 Nations but will still tour and in SA the coaches might like a bit of extra bulk, so Joe Worsley might come in on a "fighting fire with fire" brief.

    D'Arcy plays with BoD regularly so take 12 from Flutey, whose iffy defence counts against him too. Phillips is a monster of a scrum-half, so think that will get him 9 and Wilko is a default selection in that Geech knows he has the game to beat the Boks, which I'm not sure O'Gara or S Jones do.
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    You really think AW Jones is nailed-on?

    Lee Byrne had a pretty good six nations i thought, awesome in a losing cause against France. Armitage has been outstanding but not for so long.

    Still struggle to believe someone from RS Armagh could be in a Lions team, however good Tommy Bowe actually is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    You really think AW Jones is nailed-on?

    Lee Byrne had a pretty good six nations i thought, awesome in a losing cause against France. Armitage has been outstanding but not for so long.

    Still struggle to believe someone from RS Armagh could be in a Lions team, however good Tommy Bowe actually is.
    Reckon Jones's name is inked in, yeah. Great ball carrier and arguably best NH line-out operator this side of Borthwick, the rest of whose game is ordinary which discounts him.

    Byrne was decent, yes, but if the side was picked on form Armitage would play ahead of him. Kearney had a good first couple of games and didn't let anyone down as the slam got closer, so full-back is an area of strength for the Lions.

    Bowe is quality, tbf, regardless of his humble origins...

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    The 37-man squad's out today- the England, Scotland and Wales national captains all miss out. No Delon Armitage either.


    Full-back

    Lee Byrne (28) Ospreys and Wales
    Rob Kearney (23) Leinster and Ireland

    Wing

    Shane Williams (32) Ospreys and Wales
    Leigh Halfpenny (20) Cardiff Blues and Wales
    Ugo Monye (26) Harlequins and England
    Luke Fitzgerald (21) Leinster and Ireland
    Tommy Bowe (25) Ospreys and Ireland

    Centres

    Tom Shanklin (29) Cardiff Blues and Wales
    Jamie Roberts (22) Cardiff Blues and Wales
    Brian O'Driscoll (30) Leinster and Ireland
    Keith Earls (21) Munster and Ireland
    Riki Flutey (29) Wasps and England

    Fly-half

    Ronan O'Gara (32) Munster and Ireland
    Stephen Jones (31) Llanelli Scarlets and Wales

    Scrum-half

    Mike Phillips (26) Ospreys and Wales
    Harry Ellis (26) Leicester and England
    Tomas O'Leary (25) Munster and Ireland

    Prop

    Gethin Jenkins (28) Cardiff Blues and Wales
    Adam Jones (28) Ospreys and Wales
    Andrew Sheridan(29) Sale and England
    Phil Vickery (33) Wasps and England
    Euan Murray (28) Northampton and Scotland

    Hooker

    Jerry Flannery (30) Munster and Ireland
    Lee Mears (30) Bath and England
    Matthew Rees (28) Llanelli Scarlets and Wales

    Lock

    Paul O'Connell, capt (29) Munster and Ireland
    Alun Wyn Jones (23) Ospreys and Wales
    Donncha O'Callaghan (30) Munster and Ireland
    Nathan Hines (32) Perpignan and Scotland
    Simon Shaw (35) Wasps and England

    Back-row

    David Wallace (32) Munster and Ireland
    Stephen Ferris (23) Ulster and Ireland
    Alan Quinlan (34) Munster and Ireland
    Joe Worsley (31) Wasps and England
    Martyn Williams (33) Cardiff Blues and Wales
    Jamie Heaslip (25) Leinster and Ireland
    Andy Powell (27) Cardiff Blues and Wales

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    Yeesh. No Ryan Jones. Big call. No Armitage or Croft is BS tho, sorry.

    Presence of Hines & Shaw says we're going to fight fire with fire. Expect lots of pagga in the midweek games.

    EDIT: 3 of my XV didn't even make the squad! WTF do I know?!?
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    Flutey? Why didn't they just bring in Henry Paul, Hemi Taylor, Glenn Metcalfe, Sean Lineen and Lesley Vainikolo while they were at it?








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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    No Armitage or Croft is BS tho, sorry.
    It's cos he's coloured, innit?

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