Opening Lions side

Discussion in '2017 British & Irish Lions Tour' started by An Tarbh, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    So with the Blues and Munster favourites to make the HEC final are we to assume that their players won't be inovled in the opening game?

    If so what sort of side can we expect to see first up?

    would have thought something like this

    Lee Byrne
    Tommy Bowe
    Brian O'Driscoll
    Luke Fitzgerald
    Shane Williams
    Stephen Jones
    Mike Phillips
    Andrew Sheridan
    Lee Mears
    Adam Jones
    Nathan Hines
    Alan Wyn Jones
    Stephen Ferris
    Joe Worsley
    Jamie Heaslip
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  3. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    Flutey for Fitz is the only change I would make. Second row looks very good. I can't believe Mears and Rees have been selected with Best and Ford at home
  4. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (MunsterMan @ Apr 22 2009, 03:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    left Flutey on the bench to cover 10.
  5. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    well the task has been made a lot easier for McGeechan after the semi-finals, ideal outcome for him bar Quinlan losing the plot but there's better replacement options.
  6. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    1. Jenkins
    2. Flannery
    3. A Jones
    4. AW Jones
    5. O'Connell ©
    6. Ferris
    7. Williams
    8. Wallace
    9. Phillips
    10. Jones
    11. Williams
    12. Flutey
    13. Roberts
    14. Bowe
    15. Byrne

    16. Rees
    17. Vickery
    18. O'Callaghan
    19. Powell
    20. ?? (New SH)
    21. O'Gara
    22. Earls

    I presume Euan Murray won't be available due to the ECC? Earls ahead of Shanklin because of Impact of the bench and because he covers fullback. Looks pretty strong B)
  7. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    yeah been having another think about this as well.

    15. Byrne - the only full back, granted there's still cover but start with the specialist
    14. Halfpenny - 50/50 call with Bowe for the test spot so lets see how the youngster gets on in the opener while Bowe can have the next start.
    13. Shanklin - would still have him second in line behind O'Driscoll so he may as well start the opener, Earls can come on for the last 20
    12. Roberts - some combinations are worth having a look at though
    11. Monye
    10. O'Gara
    9. Phillips - may end up in the tests together so good to get some game time together early on
    1. Jenkins - banker to start the tests so again no point in him starting midweek games even early in the tour.
    2. Flannery - as above
    3. Jones - no Murray and don't want Vickery near the team if it can be helped.
    4. Wyn Jones
    5. POC - not convinced the partnership with AWJ is the right option but would be good to try it out in the first game
    6. Ferris - with likely Quinlan replacement Croft probably not selected Ferris is the logical choice, Worsley can have the midweek games
    7. Wallace - should be test openside now after Williams poor performance today so no point in him playing any midweek matches.
    8. Powell - with Heaslip not likely to be selected he's the only option.

    16. Mears, 17. Vickery, 18. O'Callaghan, 19. Worsley, 20. ???, 21. Jones, 22. Earls

    Certainly made more changes from the first side I picked than just adjusting for the different finalists but given this one a little more thought, other team was thrown together a bit.
  8. cyRil

    cyRil Guest

    Do I need to tattoo 'O'Gara won't start a test' on my forehead or something?
  9. Fa'atau82

    Fa'atau82 Guest

    I thought Roberts was excellent vs Tigers. I really rate the Blues backline.. but club form and test form are a world apart. I think Halfpenny will just lap this tour up. I don't see nerves being an issue for him.. he has a big boot on him, can kick under pressure better than some of the more reknowned goalkickers.
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