Monday, February 16, 2009

The Welsh and Irish Lions

A good weekend's rugby-watching is practically the only thing that makes this time of the year bearable, so it's great that the Six Nations is still one of the few sporting events available on terrestrial telly.

It's Lions year this year so after each Six Nations round I'll be posting regular updates on what, in my view, is likely to constitute the starting XV in South Africa this summer.

With Wales and Ireland storming to the top of the table, there would seem to be little scope for the inclusion of any English and Scotsmen in the line-up on current form, although I doubt if it will stay that way.

Here's my current selection.

15 Lee Byrne (Wales)
14 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
13 Jamie Roberts (Wales)
12 Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland)
11 Shane Williams (Wales)
10 Stephen Jones(Wales)
9 Mike Phillips (Wales)
8 Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)
7 David Wallace (Ireland)
6 Ryan Jones (Wales, Captain)
5 Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
4 Paul O'Connell (Ireland)
3 John Hayes (Ireland)
2 Jerry Flannery (Ireland)
1 Garin Jenkins (Wales)

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Anonymous said...

Go along with most of that Paul. Much as it pains me as a Welshman to say it, but I thought Roberts was rather found out at the weekend with some predictable lines of running and Phillips got unnecessarily tangled up at times. Not sure either is a first choice for Wales at the moment, let alone the Lions.

Anonymous said...

I agree, I think Roberts is too one-dimensional for Inside Centre. I'd rather Hook was playing there until Henson's ready.

My team:

15 Byrne
14 Sackey
13 O'Driscoll
12 Fitzgerald
11 Williams
10 Jones
9 Blair
8 Ryan Jones
7 Wallace
6 Haskell
5 Wyn Jones
4 O'Connell (capt)
3 Adam Jones
2 Flannery
1 Gethin Jenkins