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Phil Edwards says picking a Lions XV to take on Australia is a pretty pointless exercise - but that is half the fun!Back to story
No o/h cover, so if one of those two get targeted who goes to 10? the last one standing? Funny how Leicster and Saracens so well represented, V cant scrummage, Stevens is unfit, Hartley is a clown, Croft and Heaslip are show pony's
Posted 11:59 30th April 2013
15. kearney 14. zebo 13. tualagi 12. brian o d 11. north 10. sexton 9. youngs 1. healy 2. best 3. a jones 4. aw jones 5. o connel (C) 6. o brien 7. tipuric 8. faletau bench t youngs , cole, sheridan launchberry croft farrel halfpenny roberts
Posted 18:15 25th April 2013
Unfortunately it doesn't matter what the team is Australia will win 3 to 0, too smart for the Lions and as the squad will be mostly Welsh and rightly so they cannot win in the Southern Hemisphere
Posted 22:15 9th April 2013
I think Warren Gatland will go for forward power and try to pick up a few penalties through pressure on the Oz pack and some good tacktical kicking,cant see the lions throwing the ball around much until they get a decent foundation,remeber the Oz backs are pretty smart with loads of pace so they need to be starved of counter ball and pined back in their own half.So i would go with Halfpenny,North,Tuilagi,Bod,Cuthbert,Wilkinson,Phillips,Sheridan,Best,Adam Jones,O'Connell,Parling,Warburton,Morgan,Croft. Bench from:Roberts,Hook,Farrell,B Youngs,Cole,Healy,T Youngs,Launchbury,O'Brien/Robshaw
Posted 11:58 8th April 2013
Hogg at full back??? halfpenny is the best and most consistent player in Britain and you pick him out of position.......No Cuthbert either, somehow I don't think you will be leading the way in the predict the team in the press contingent this year either. Being English I would hope for more English players however you have made 2 huge errors with this tem
Posted 11:39 8th April 2013
Anyone who picks Ashton is seriously misguided. The guy is a showboater with no rugby brain and an awful defence...flat track bully
Posted 11:31 7th April 2013
My test team if fit . I think it has the perfect mix of skill strength and pace needed to take on the wallabies. Also, halfpenny to kick the goals for me: Halfpenny North BOD Tuilagi Zebo Sexton Phillips Healy Hibbard A.Jones OConnell AW Jones OBrien Warburton Faletau subs: best jenkins cole ryan youngs farrell hogg what do ye think?
Posted 10:07 3rd April 2013
why would you wanna put halfpenny on the wing, it a waste, he was player of the six nations at full back, as much as I like hogg, he is not as solid as halfpenny, hogg is not defensively as good as halfpenny, and he makes a lot more mistakes and I think Australia would target hogg, so I would stick with halfpenny at full back, and alun wyn jones or warbuton captain for me
Posted 22:02 2nd April 2013
15. Kearney 14. Halfpenny 13. BOD 12. Tuilagi 11. North 10. Sexton 9. Murray 8. Heaslip 7. Warburton (cpt) 6. Croft 5. Hamilton. 4. Launchbury 3. A Jones. 2. T Youngs. 1. Healy Subs G Jenkins , D Cole, R Best, AWJ, O'Brien, Care, wilkinson, Roberts Undecided really on splitting up the Roberts/BOD partnership of 2009, but went for Tuilagi after this weeks game.
Posted 09:35 2nd April 2013
Big mistake to base selection purely on the 6N. More than half those Welsh players picked will have no part to play in the HK knock out stages - the only club competition of the intensity comparable (but still lower in skill level) to the Super 14.Need to select guys who should be peaking physically and mentally at the same time as the opposition. Lots of guys will be putting their hand up over the next month or so (including international retirees) and should mix it up far more - O 'Connell, Croft, Sheridan in the forwards. In the backs, can't believe Ashton is completely overlooked - poor 6 N but great record against Aus - not seen many other N hemisphere wingers leave Mitchell and O' Connor for dead at Suncorp stadium - both of whom are certain starters for the Wallabies.
Posted 08:17 2nd April 2013
Rob Apsee... the team that beat England; didn't beat Ireland.
Posted 02:30 1st April 2013
Agree with you Phil as the only player assured of a starting place is L.Halfpenny , the rest of the team depends on form , fitness and tactics . One player to watch with Warren Gatland the coach will be the Glasgow and Scotland winger Sean.Maitland who has shone whilst playing for not the greatest teams and would flourish playing with the best of the Lions , Maitland formerly of Canterbury and the Crusaders for whom he scored 4 tries in one super rugby match against the Brumbies has also won the u19's W.cup and u20's world championship with N.Z and will be well known to Gatland and also cousin Quade Cooper of Aus . My team if all fit would be BACKS - 15. Halfpenny 14. Maitland 13. O'driscoll 12. Tuilagi 11. North 10. Sexton 9. Phillips FORWARDS - 1. Healy 2. Hibbard 3. Jones 4. A.w.Jones 5. Gray 6. Robshaw 7. Warburton 8. Heaslip BENCH - Hogg , Roberts , Farrell , Grant , Best , Jenkins , Tipuric , Parling ,
Posted 00:29 1st April 2013
15. L. Halfpenny 14. Ashton 13. O'Driscoll 12. Tuilagi 11. North 10. Farrell 9. Phillips 1. Cole 2. Best 3. Jones 4. Launchbury 5. A.W.Jones 6. Croft 7. Warburton 8. Morgan
Posted 21:47 31st March 2013
15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Jamie Roberts 11 George North 10 Dan Biggar 9 Mike Phillips 1 Gethin Jenkins 2 Richard Hibbard 3 Adam Jones 4 Alun Wyn Jones 5 Ian Evans 6 Sam Warburton (c) 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Toby Faletau Why break up a winning combo, This team that beat England could easily beat any team in world rugby. After speaking to Sam Warburton last night he would love to be lions captain and if offered would snap it up so for me he is number 1 choice.
Posted 18:59 29th March 2013
Why would you shuffle the RBS FB of the series to the wing and replace him with someone who's not particularly defensively sound? Why Tom Youngs, he was totally outplayed by Hibbard.Jamie Heaslip did nothing in he 6N,apart from hang around the wing. Hartley is a discipline nightmare Sorry your team smacks of trying to be all things to all men
Posted 10:51 29th March 2013
I'll go with: 1, Healy 2,best 3, A Jones 4, parling 5,A W Jones 6,o'brien 7,Warburton 8,Faletau 9,care 10,sexton 11,North 12,tuilagi 13,BOD 14,visser 15,HalfP Subs. Hibbard, Grant, vunipola, Phillips, Farrell, Tipuric, Ian Evans.mike brown.
Posted 19:43 28th March 2013
Not a bad team and always good fun to pick. I'd personally not have either of the English hookers in there (on form Hibbard starting with Best on bench). I'd also swap Big Jim for Launchbury and Tuilagi for Roberts as well as try and find room for either Cuthbert (or Bowe if he can prove his fitness) on the bench. Finally, I'd swap Laidlaw for Youngs (still on the bench). Youngs is more dynamic but I think the games will be tight and behind a pack that isn't getting hammered at the breakdown Laidlaw is an excellent controlling 9.
Posted 18:51 28th March 2013
it funny reading all these comments about the centre pairing for the lions. BOD if fit has to start. wales have tried the big crash centre's on OZ and they were quick to figure out how to stop roberts and davis. with BOD in the centre it brings and X factor. he is the best passing centre in the NH and with that the way he could link with Tuilagi and wings North, Cuthbert. he have the oz backs guessing all day what he was about to do. also both players can play 12/13 so changing postions during a game would keep the oz backs guessing. owen farrell is a very good player but if sexton is fit should be the started. he alot better at attacking the line. my team (only if sexton gets back to full fitness). i pick o'brien at 8 because it was the postion he won player of the year. he is a brilliant ball carrier and with players like robshaw and warburton doing all the dirty work at breakdowns it could leave o'brien out in the loose were he would do the most damage. 1.healy 2. hibbard 3. A Jones 4. AWJ 5. Hamilton 6. Robshaw 7. Warburton 8. O'Brien 9. Phillips 10.Sexton 11. Curbert 12. Tuilagi 13. BOD 14. North 15. Halfpenny.
Posted 18:17 28th March 2013
You have clearly watched a few 6 nations matches and now believe yourself to be an expert. Spelling names wrong and not even picking Alex Cuthbert... What a farce of an article.
Posted 16:44 28th March 2013