Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Lions XV for New Zealand 2017?
1) Cian Healy - Truly modern prop, scrummaging has improved massively.
2) Dylan Hartley - Solid Six Nations, strong carrier.
3) Dan Cole - Outstanding scrummager, strong around the park.
In the squad- Craig Mitchell
4) Courtney Lawes - Immense ball carrier, huge hitter, big workrate, great target at the front of the lineout.
5) Richie Gray - ditto.
In the squad- Bradley Davies
6) Tom Croft - Great rugby brain, awesome athlete, lineout supremo.
7) Stephen Ferris - Wonderful athlete, smart player.
8) Sean O'Brien - Don't tell me he's not an 8, my lord can this man carry.
In the squad- Tom Wood, John Barclay, Sam Warburton
9) Ben Youngs - Tough game in Dublin, but generally a strong decision maker, and lightning off the base.
10) Johnny Sexton - Flood probably had a stronger Six Nations, but Sexton has the magic touch.
In the squad- Danny Care, Toby Flood
12) James Hook- I still think 12 is his position, gives him a little bit more freedom to be a creative.
13) Jamie Roberts - Hasn''t quite recaptured the form of the last Lions tour, but still a hugely powerful runner
In the squad- Jonathan Davies, Keith Earls
14) Luke Fitzgerald - It was tight between him and Leigh Halfpenny, I just think he's a classy footballer.
15) Ben Foden - Almost picked Rob Kearney, but I fancy Foden is just going to keep getting better.
In the Squad - Leigh Halfpenny, Rob Kearney