Possible Lions dark horses

Discussion in '2017 British & Irish Lions Tour' started by snoopy snoopy dog dog, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. In Geech's last tour as coach, he made some left of centre calls such as selecting Will Greenwood, Paul Wallace and Eric Miller to go on tour. Without doubt there'll be one or two more "baffling" calls this time out. Who do you think some of those players could be? I'm going to restrict a couple of my dark horse picks to players who are currently out of the international reckoning.

    Ceri Jones and Mike Ross of Harlequins have been cornerstones of a pack which has demolished pretty much every opponent this year. With the derth of top propping options (other than Adam Jones, Euan Murray and, debateably, Andrew Sheridan), I think one of these guys could be an outside bet to tour.
     
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  3. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    From a Welsh perspective, Tom James is my pick. There aren't many wingers putting their hands up (Shane Williams is playing on reputation, a couple of English wingers are playing ok) and i think he's been immense in the Blues last two games. Along with Halfpenny, he was easily the standout winger in the HC quarters imo. He's also got an EDF final and a HC Semi and possibly final to show what he can do. He's big, strong and rapid, doesn't loose the ball and makes very little mistakes. Out on the hard ground in SA, he'd be devastating imo.
     
  4. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    rather than getting some dark horses we may well get some left field selections if there's a Welsh and Wasps bias in selections as in taking the likes of Sackey, Lewsey, Cipriani, Powell or even a half fit Henson, despite what they've said about injured players previously.

    O'Leary could well be another surprise to tour considering where he was a year ago.
     
  5. monkeypigeon

    monkeypigeon Guest

    I'd love to see Mike Ross on the Lions tour so we have no choice but to stop ignoring him in the Ireland set up!

    It's not long before we have a front three of Healy Best Ross!

    Munster bias here we come, but Keith Earls is 'teh man'.

    We could really shock them and try announce Jean de Villiers....he'd be a bit of a dark horse.

    Stephen Myler anyone? I've always been impressed when I've seen him play. He can kick aswell as anyone it seems and he seems to control the game well too.
     
  6. ChiefsFan

    ChiefsFan Guest

    Has there ever been a tourer who hasn't played an International before?
     
  7. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Greenwood was uncapped in 97.
     
  8. munross

    munross Guest

    I read in a newspaper here in SA that Ben Foden could maybe be a surprise inclusion...
     
  9. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Has Keith Earls been capped yet?

    BTW would I be too leftist if I thought Matt Banahan could be a surprise inclusion?
     
  10. munross

    munross Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Steve-o @ Apr 13 2009, 02:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Yip, one cap and one try if I'm not mistaken...?
     
  11. monkeypigeon

    monkeypigeon Guest

    Keith Earls got a second cap. He came on for about 10 minutes at the end of the New Zealend match.

    I like Matt Banahan too, don't see him making the tour though. Then again he is quite 'different' as wings go! So maybe.
     
  12. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Intercept King JdV @ Apr 13 2009, 01:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    With the recent drom in form for Kerney and Byrnes injury, it is certainly possible. Especially as he's more then capable of covering as well as anybody else at nine.
     
  13. Thingimubob

    Thingimubob Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teh Mite @ Apr 13 2009, 01:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    With the recent drom in form for Kerney and Byrnes injury, it is certainly possible. Especially as he's more then capable of covering as well as anybody else at nine.
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    I can see him going, but bar injuries I can't see him starting the Tests. Might see him on the bench for his versatility, but I think either Phillips or Blair will have the bench scrum half spot and Jamie Roberts the Outside Back spot (because he can play 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15). Would love to see him in a back three with the likes of Halfpenney, Tom Evans or Keith Earls for the Emerging Springboks game though.
     
  14. cyRil

    cyRil Guest

    Had Titterall been capped when he was selected in 2005? I just remember looking at the squad and saying 'Oooo theee ell is eeeee??!!!'.
    Also, are we going to have another warm-up game against the Pumas in Cardiff, seeing as the last one was so successful ;)
     
  15. monkeypigeon

    monkeypigeon Guest

  16. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    By left field you mean a player that wouldnt usually be considered by his country, but could well make the test side?

    Keith Earls would have to be a serious contender for me. Not sure if its a left field selection anymore but he's a player well worth the ticket. Can play pretty much anywhere outside of 10 and seems to have the whole game. Given his form for Munster you cant say its "too early".

    Mike Ross is another good call alright but I'd say the big one will be at hooker. I still think yer man Hartley will get the nod.
     
  17. Jordan Turner-Hall perhaps? Been a rock at 12 for Quins this season, and certainly has the physicality to match up to a strong Springbok side.
     
  18. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    Alan f***ing Quinlan. Immense as usual yesterday.

    I'd go along with the Keith Earls suggestions as well.
     
  19. GimleyUK

    GimleyUK Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (snoopy snoopy dog dog @ Apr 13 2009, 04:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Tom James of the Blues...!

    Great open Field runner

    Big lad

    very very fast
     
  20. GimleyUK

    GimleyUK Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (An Tarbh @ Apr 13 2009, 04:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    If Henson was going to be fit enough to make the second weekend of the tour, i'd take him. He is that good. And as you said Gatland, Howley and Edwards regard him as the best 12 in the world.

    considering the press circulating his injury he would be a surprise inclusion, if the press is all crap as it often is regarding henson then not a surprise at all...!
     
  21. Hall

    Hall Guest

    I wouldn't say Earls would be that left field.

    Sure, he didn't feature prominently in the 6N but he should have done.
     
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