Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Lions Squad Announcement

The 2017 Lions Squad

It's time! Warren has made his selection and it's official. How does it compare to our predictions, where has he gone wrong and who are the wild cards?

Props
We Said: Vunipola, McGrath, Marler, Furlong, Cole, Sinkler
He Said: Vunipola, McGrath, Marler, Furlong, Cole, Sinkler

Hookers
We Said: Best, George, Owens, Harltey
He Said: Best, George, Owens

2nd Row
We Said: Lawes, Itoje, AW Jones, Kruis, Henderson, Launchbury
He Said: Lawes, Itoje, AW Jones, Kruis, Henderson

Back Row
We Said: Vunipola, Faletau, Stander, Warburton, O'Brien, O'Mahony, Tipuric, Haskell, Robshaw
He Said: Vunipola, Faletau, Stander, Warburton, O'Brien, O'Mahony, Tipuric, Moriarty

Scrum Halves
We Said: Murray, Webb, Youngs
He Said: Murray, Webb, Youngs

Fly Halves
We Said: Sexton, Ford
He Said: Sexton, Biggar

Centres
We Said: Farrell, Joseph, Davies, Henshaw, Te'o
He Said: Farrell, Joseph, Davies. Henshaw, Te'o, Payne

Back Three
We Said: Watson, North, Nowell, Daly, Hogg, Williams, Ashton
He Said: Watson, North, Nowell, Daly, Hogg, Williams, Seymour, Halfpenny

Surprises: Joe Launchbury was left out. In this humble podcast's opinion, that's a huge error. Why take Halfpenny who hasn't been at his best for some time now, particularly if you're taking Biggar (for the kicking) and both Daly, Payne and Watson (full back options). That could have opened a place for Launchbury or our other key casualty James Haskell - a great tourist, a great player and someone with experience playing southern hemisphere rugby who was emphatic against Australia when England toured down under last summer. Expect to see both of these guys at some point as injuries mount for the 2017 Lions.
Podcast Episode - 6

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