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Pablo
22-06-05, 11:06
Lions Test XV named today:

15 Jason ROBINSON (Sale Sharks, England)

14 Josh LEWSEY (London Wasps, England)

13 Brian O’DRISCOLL (Leinster, Ireland) CAPTAIN

12 Jonny WILKINSON (Newcastle Falcons, England)

11 Gareth THOMAS (Toulouse, Wales)

10 Stephen JONES (Clermont Auvergne, Wales)

9 Dwayne PEEL (Llanelli, Wales)


1 Gethin JENKINS (Cardiff, Wales)

2 Shane BYRNE (Leinster, Ireland)

3 Julian WHITE (Leicester Tigers, England)

4 Paul O’CONNELL (Munster, Ireland)

5 Ben KAY (Leicester Tigers, England)

6 Richard HILL (Saracens, England)

7 Neil BACK (Leicester Tigers)

8 Martin CORRY (Leicester Tigers, England) VICE CAPTAIN

Replacements

16 Steve THOMPSON (Northampton Saints, England)

17 Graham ROWNTREE (Leicester Tigers, England)

18 Danny GREWCOCK (Bath, England)

19 Ryan JONES (Ospreys, Wales)

20 Matt DAWSON (London Wasps, England)

21 Will GREENWOOD (NEC Harlequins, England)

22 Shane HORGAN (Leinster, Ireland)


Predict away!

Robert Burns
22-06-05, 11:06
Ohhhhh, now this is going to be hard to call. I am going for NZ by 13.

Waynepipmad
22-06-05, 13:06
Can't understand why Sir Clive has taken this long to announce this team, when he obviously picked it two years ago! ;)

Anyway, NZ comfortably by 21

SimonSmith
22-06-05, 14:06
NZ by 15...

robertti
22-06-05, 15:06
I think the only chance I have of winning this flippin tipping competition is to take a gamble and go against the trend of predictions in the hope I get lucky and everyone else stumbles. So Ill take a BIG risk and say Lions by 4
And I know youre all thinking New Zealand will win, but can I just remind you only 4 fews ago when the Lions came down under, EVERYONE was writing off the Lions in the first test and they ended up winning by 29-13. So you just never know.

Pablo
22-06-05, 17:06
I think we're going to catch the All Blacks napping on this one, but lose the series overall...

Lions by 6...

didds
22-06-05, 19:06
nz by 11 points

Simon Griffiths
22-06-05, 20:06
Personally I am disgusted that Robinson is starting at full-back! Lewsey is the most devasting runner from full-back because he knows how to - and when to - cut into the line.

For those interested, here is the All Blacks' line-up:

New Zealand: Leon Macdonald; Doug Howlett, Tana Umaga (captain), Aaron Mauger, Sitiveni Sivivatu; Daniel Carter, Justin Marshall; Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Carl Hayman, Chris Jack, Ali Williams, Jerry Collins, Richie McCaw, Rodney So'oialo.
Replacements: Derren Witcombe, Greg Somerville, Jono Gibbes, Sione Lauaki, Byron Kelleher, Mils Muliaina, Rico Gear

Strong, as you'd expect, but the front-five is under-strength compared to the Lions - the same cannot be said for the back row!

Lions by 3.

GazMaz
22-06-05, 20:06
Close but unfortunatley NZ by 3

HANSON7379
22-06-05, 21:06
Lions by 12 and the 2-1 in the tests.
LIONS LIONS LIONS LIONS LIONS LIONS LIONS :D

Simon Thomas
23-06-05, 10:06
New Zealand by 9

Phil
23-06-05, 10:06
NZ by 15 I don't think this teams has the guts for it.

PeterTC
24-06-05, 19:06
NZ by 31.

(And I even got the right day on which to predict this one)

Pablo
25-06-05, 13:06
Summary of predictions:

Rob NZ by 13
Wayne NZ by 21
Smiffy NZ by 15
Tim Lions by 4
Pablo Lions by 6
didds NZ by 11
Noddy Lions by 3
GazMaz NZ by 3
Hanson Lions by 12
Simon T NZ by 9
Phil NZ by 15
PeterTC NZ by 31
Bryan NZ by 8

Pablo
25-06-05, 13:06
Actual margin was NZ by 18. Scores are:

Rob 5
Wayne 3
Smiffy 3
Tim 32
Pablo 34
didds 7
Noddy 31
GazMaz 15
Hanson 40
Simon T 9
Phil 3
PeterTC 13
Bryan 10

And can I just close by saying that was one of the worst international team performances I have ever seen...

Waynepipmad
25-06-05, 22:06
I'll second that, if conditions hadn't been so bad, I think the Blacks would have won by 40-50