Blair replaces O'Leary

Discussion in '2017 British & Irish Lions Tour' started by An Tarbh, May 11, 2009.

  1. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Just seen on the Lions website that Mike Blair has been called up to replace Tomás O'Leary, thought they'd wait until the Quinlan hearing was done and go with a triple anouncement for him and Shanklin's place as well.

    Not too happy with Blair, not surprised that he's gone for the more phsyical scrum half given that's what he'd gotten with O'Leary but a marked difference in form nonetheless. A good game against a second string Leinster side doesn't quite paper over the cracks of his Six Nations performances.

    Given he's gone for Blair I'd be surprised to see another fly half being selected instead of Shanklin.
     
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  3. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    Glad to see Blair go he played behind a somewhat average Scotland pack and they never really helped him get good ball. Hopefully now Blair will show how god he is behind a decent pack.

    LINK to article: http://www.lionsrugby.com/7572.php
     
  4. Common sense has prevailed :bravo:
     
  5. aligmacd123

    aligmacd123 Guest

    EVENTUALLY!!!

    He kinda deserves it for being nominated World Player of the Year and having an immense Autumn
     
  6. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Cymro @ May 11 2009, 02:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Cussiter played behind the same pack and was far more impressive.
     
  7. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    I refuse to go into an argument because it will spoil the thread.

    Anyway Blair is the man reckon he will push Phillips and Ellis all the way for a test spot.
     
  8. Bizarre that Ellis is even in the original squad, i mean he's a becncwarmer at Leicester behind a non international SH.
     
  9. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    That's a good point by An Tarbh though Cymro.

    Personally I think there wasn't enough experience in the scrumhalf stocks for the Lions but Blairs' selection changed that. Glad to see he's coming to SA
     
  10. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    I've no objection to him touring if he shows the form of last year but he's a waste of a tourist if he plays like he did during the Six Nations and then we're stuck with 2 gimps and no competition for Phillips.
     
  11. Yeah I'm in same boat as An Tarbh in a way. I thought he should have toured on the basis of what I've seen all throughout this season at Edinburgh, but is poor form (by his standards) was a concern. He seems to have pulled his finger out though, so hopefully behind a pack on the front foot he'll cause some carnage. Glad to see he's going though - I might even consider supporting the Lions now!

    Re-the question surrounding Shanklin - if they bring another ten who will it be? Flood's injured so we're realisitically left with Hook and Godman. And as good as Godman has been for Edinburgh in the past few games, I'd be surprised if he went. Hook's not played much at all at ten this year, has he? Interesting thought, though let's be honest they'll take another centre probably.
     
  12. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    yer man vesty wouldn't surprise at all. Seems a pretty handy operator from what I've seen of him.
     
  13. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Roberts is having a scan today so he's not out of the woods yet, but Vesty or D'Arcy seem the only options for centre with Evans pretty much ruled out now as well, don't think Tindall or Noon are good enough.
     
  14. D'Arcy certainly wouldn't be the worst option in the world.
     
  15. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    I re-iterate Schalk's 'sense prevails' remark. Don't see who else they could've picked to be fair. And he was nominated for Player of the Year last season, which is more than you can say for the others.
     
  16. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Sir. Speedy @ May 11 2009, 07:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    wow that's so relevant to his form this season.
     
  17. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Ok smart guy who would you have taken?
     
  18. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    I've already said I'd have taken Cusiter.
     
  19. Cusiter hasnt even been playing much for Perpignan, i gurantee Blair will play well on the tour, i really have a good feeling that he knows he's been given a second chance and he will take it.
     
  20. dundeesmiffy

    dundeesmiffy Guest

    About f***ing time.
     
  21. aligmacd123

    aligmacd123 Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Incredible Schalk @ May 12 2009, 12:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I think Mike Blair will probably end up starting the Tests. Hes definitely on the Test bench ahead of Harry Ellis.

    Well, it just depends on how well they play in the build up matches
     
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