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    Hello all,
    This discussion generated a fair bit of traffic last time out. The 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour.
    Thoughts on selection for the coming tour?

    Predictions for the full 37-man squad seem a little vague, especially given the squad will not be picked until April. However, I think most will have an idea who they'd like to see in the starting XV.

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    Hogg as FB

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    Anyone got any information on kick off times for the three tests?

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    Quote Originally Posted by didds View Post
    Hogg as FB
    Stuart, I assume and not (brother) Graham who plays for Scarborough in Yorkshire 1?

    I'd only drop Halfpenny if Owen F was playing - for kicks at goal - but is that likely with Gatland calling the shots? Dunno? Don't use either LH or OF and have Laidlaw kick?

    Before anyone gets injured and/or has a stormer in the remaining games, I'd go:-

    15 Halfpenny
    14 Te'o
    13 Davies J
    12 Williams S
    11 North
    10 Sexton
    9 Laidlaw
    8 Vunipola
    7 Tipuric
    6 Stander
    5 AW Jones
    4 Gray R
    3 Nel
    2 Best
    1 Healy

    YMMV
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    One online article (more a list of those players who put their hand up last weekend) suggests a possible (rather than probable) favourites for the jersey on current (Round one - 6Nations) form.

    Front Row
    Jack McGrath – Ireland
    Ken Owens – Wales (Dylan Hartley)
    Tadhg Furlong – Ireland

    Second row
    Joe Launchbury – England (Alun Wyn Jones)
    Jonny Gray – Scotland

    Back row
    Maro Itoje – England
    Sam Warburton – Wales
    Billy Vunipola – England (CJ Stander, Toby Faletau or Ryan Wilson)


    Half back
    Greig Laidlaw – Scotland. (Conor Murray or Ben Youngs)
    Owen Farrell – England

    Centre
    Finn Russell – Scotland
    Jonathan Joseph – England (or Jonathan Davies)

    Back three
    Elliot Daly – England
    George North – Wales
    15 Stuart Hogg – Scotland (Mike Brown or Leigh Halfpenny)


    Source : Early on-line prediction
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    Kick off times have yet to be confirmed.
    Last time - 2005, 19:10 local, 07:10 GMT but I guess it depends on TV rights and such things.
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    Scotland have one good game and suddenly they are providing half the lions team?
    Prior to last weekend they couldn't buy a place in the Lions?

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    It's a far more open selection than previous tours.

    I can only see three players who, barring something unexpected, are nailed on starters: Jones, Itoje and Murray. Of course there are players ahead in other positions, but those are the only three who are a long way ahead of the competition.

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    In fairness Phil the article goes to pains to explain the selection was based purely on those who put their hands up at the weekend. There's no denying those 4 Scottish players did so. It will be interesting to see how many of them will make the squad of 37
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    6 Stander
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    YMMV
    Peter O Mahony is a better No 6 than CJ Stander, more aggressive, born leader and less mouthy. Not sure CJ is genuinely big enough for the No 8 jersey and CJ certainly lacks game time at 7.
    There will be surely enough Southern Hemisphere players down-under without the Lions taking more on the plane with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'irlandais View Post
    Peter O Mahony is a better No 6 than CJ Stander, more aggressive, born leader and less mouthy. Not sure CJ is genuinely big enough for the No 8 jersey and CJ certainly lacks game time at 7.
    There will be surely enough Southern Hemisphere players down-under without the Lions taking more on the plane with them.
    What's happened to O'Mahony? I haven't seen him play for ages. Agreed that when he's on song he's better than Stander.

    I'm not sure Stander will tour, TBH. We're not short of ball carrying back rows and Vunipola, O'Brian and Faletau (though admittedly less of a BC) are ahead of him when fit.

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