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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by Wayne Richardson Fan Club » Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:09 pm

A little window opened for Genge maybe, depending how bad Sutherland has injured himself.
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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by Scott1 » Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:41 pm

Genge has got no chance imo. Even if Sutherland is out. I’d hazard a guess it will be Mako,Healy,Wyn Jones and Porter who can play both sides.

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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by Wayne Richardson Fan Club » Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:46 pm

Surely Gatland isn't as blind as Eddie when it comes to Maku....?
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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by Scott1 » Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:51 pm

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Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:46 pm
Surely Gatland isn't as blind as Eddie when it comes to Maku....?
He rates him,I do tbf but he’s way out of touch. and he’s not going to get sharp in the championship. What other LH are there? Healey and Wyn Jones are in the driving seat.

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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by JP14 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:27 am

Healy hasn’t been playing that well in my opinion.
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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by BFG » Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:26 am

Duhan van der Merwe must be in with a strong chance of making the squad.
Possibly Scotland's best player.
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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by Tiglon » Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:10 am

I'd take Duhan Van Der Merwe on the tour with the British & Irish Lions if he was British or Irish and could tackle :smt023

I can't wait for the 5 year residency rule to come into force, assuming they don't keep delaying it...

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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by JP14 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:50 am

Like or not, van der Merwe is eligible for Lions selection. Is he needed though? Not sure, we have powerful (and in-form) backline players in George North, Henshaw, Davies plus we need wingers that can defend properly.

I think Hogg, H. Watson, Ritchie are solid bets with Jonny Gray, Huw Jones and Sutherland in contention too for Lions places. Maybe Chris Harris too, one of the best defensive centres in the Northern Hemisphere, but it depends if Gatland wants to go with a player like North at 13 instead.
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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by Tiglon » Sat Mar 27, 2021 12:41 pm

I would go with:

1. Pierre Schoeman
2. Kyle Cooper
3. Oli Hoskins
4. Jean Kleyn
5. Dave Ribbans
6. Jonno Ross
7. Ruan Ackermann
8. Sione Vailanu
9. Jamison Gibson-Park
10. Jaco Van Der Walt
11. Ratu Tagive
12. Ben Meehan
13. Willis Halaholo
14. Duhan Van Der Merwe
15. James Lowe

Ok, so Meehan is out of position, but why put any British or Irish players in your XV if you don't have to?

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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by LE18 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 12:56 pm

No one will convince me that Russell is a starter, he's a flash merchant, either brilliant or diabolical, the Lions don't need him in a test he's a liability. :smt018

No one going for O. Farrell? :smt017 :smt022

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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by Tiglon » Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:51 pm

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No one will convince me that Russell is a starter, he's a flash merchant, either brilliant or diabolical, the Lions don't need him in a test he's a liability. :smt018
I 99% agree. However, if I'm taking 3 fly halves he might be there because he offers something different to the other options. I'd place my money on Biggar, Farrell and Russell. I think Sexton is the form 10, but I'm not convinced of his durability. Biggar's aerial ability will probably be a good fit for Gatland's plan, Farrell for his experience/leadership and ability to play 12, Russell as the wild card if we're in trouble and need to take a risk.

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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by LE18 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:16 pm

Tiglon wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:51 pm
LE18 wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 12:56 pm
No one will convince me that Russell is a starter, he's a flash merchant, either brilliant or diabolical, the Lions don't need him in a test he's a liability. :smt018
I 99% agree. However, if I'm taking 3 fly halves he might be there because he offers something different to the other options. I'd place my money on Biggar, Farrell and Russell. I think Sexton is the form 10, but I'm not convinced of his durability. Biggar's aerial ability will probably be a good fit for Gatland's plan, Farrell for his experience/leadership and ability to play 12, Russell as the wild card if we're in trouble and need to take a risk.
I don't think we should take risks with the very physical SAs, Farrell is the most robust, not most creative, and Gatland will probably go with physicality than flair, although he is not Welsh, so probably Biggar and Farrell, no place for Russell in my view.

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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by DeadlyDunc » Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:50 pm

I’d go something like the following with

1. Sutherland
2. Owens / George
3. furlong
4. Ryan
5. Itoje
6. Richie / Bierne
7. Curry
8. Faletau / Vunipola
9. Murray / Youngs
10. Biggar
11. May
12. Davies
13. North
14. Watson
15. Hogg

Honourable Mentions

Genge, LCD, AWJ, Tipuric, H Watson, Underhill, G Davies, Farrell, Russell, Manu, Henshaw, LRZ, L Williams

I’ve not included Ford because I don’t think he’ll get picked by Gatland and not included Sexton as I don’t think he’s quite what he was.

I’ve probably missed a few obvious names as this was off the top of my head!

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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by Scott1 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:02 pm

I think Gatland could go
Wyn Jones
Owens
Furlong
AWJ
Itoje
Beirne
Curry
Faletau
Murray
Biggar
May
Henshaw
North
Watson
Williams

Don’t think it will be far off that but he will make a crazy call as he always does. Wouldn’t surprise me if May doesn’t travel at all. If there are any 50/50 he will always pick the Welsh player.

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Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Post by Wayne Richardson Fan Club » Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:09 pm

Sir Clive went the opposite way in 2005, that worked out well....

The Lions should always & can pick purely on form but, on recent tours that hasn't always happened.

Biggar is probably a better player than a lot of us think, his kick chase & fielding in the backfield is unparalleled & he is a reliable goal kicker, personally I might be tempted at a punt with Hogg at 10, I want him in the side but he wouldn't be my choice at 15.

As for selection criteria, there is a difference between Manu, the Vunipolas & Faletau & the Stander, Fluteys of the game, the Lions missed a trick here.
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