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reading a lot of people's guesses for the first starting xv. not a lot with lydiate in. I think he will start. gatland is a big fan cause he is the best defensive back row we got. nothing gets past him sure the likes of croft or far better attacking options but lydiate stops everyone round the fringes dead all the time.
@ EggChaser. incorrect BOD has been the best center on tour. Dr R second. I don't know how you can include Warburton as he hasn't played yet.Philips, Sexton, A. Jones, Halfpenny, POC in.Heaslip, Bowe, North, Bod close
@527:AVBs Negative Spiral: Funny that...guess we'll just have to see what happens!
Those who've said 'on current performance recently'.On current performance, Roberts has been the best center on tour.@520. Justin, this isn't fantasy rugby. The back row needs workers in it, not a light weight, athletic throw together.'On current tour form' you could argue for 10-12 Welshmen starting, but that isn't going to happen.Phillips, Warburton, A.Jones, Halfpenny and Sexton are in.
#514 ironically the bite defence is identical to the one suggested when Hartley bit Ferris. To be honest my view is that if you chose to put your fingers in somebody else's mouth, you deserve all you get, but the laws see it differently. Grewcock got a ban for biting somebody who was trying to fish hook him in plain view.
The British Lions to win 3-0 and England to win the Ashes 5-0! It is going to be a great summerThis should be the starting team on current performance:-15 Halfpenny14 Cuthbert13 BOD12 tuilagi11 Bowe10 Sexton09 Youngs01 Vunipola02Youngs03 Jones04 O'Connell05 Parling06 Croft07 Warburton08 Heaslip
@521 If it was about winning the Lions would have been folded years ago. I agree that we should get behind "The Lions" but there needs to be an honest review of what "The Lions" is. Ever since 1993 it has been a selection of the coaches favourites, not the best players from the 4 unions. The '93 tour was a failure, but it was the last tour where selection was based on 5N form.I feel for R Grant
@Harbourmaster, et al.....Who really thinks OF should start for the Lions??? Do any of you watch rugby? Have you seen him play? Bonkers.
@521Easier when it's not your countrymen being overlooked?Grant still not on the tour - all those other props better than him? Really?
North and Manu both deserved tries for their performances yesterday... They constantly broke the gain line and they rarely got knocked backwards... Both set up tries, and both were solid in defence, both definite starters IMO.
Who cares who is in the team for the 1st test against the wallabies as long as we win I don't care if the lions players are from Mars as long as we win the series , stop this bull about I think this player should play or that player just because you share there nationality , winning it's about nothing else and just get behind the lions like I did yesterday a welsh man shouting or Lions !
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