A British & Irish Lions XV Based On Statistics
The British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand may still be several months away but the debate on who should be on the plane in 2017 is gathering momentum.
Warren Gatland was confirmed this week to be the man in charge of selecting a side to take on New Zealand. Gats is no stranger to controversial selections, with the omission of a certain Brian O’Driscoll overshadowing a win against Australia in the 3rd test.
So what if you were to take personal preference and emotions out of the equation and picked a Lions team right now based on the last twelve months of internationals, solely based on stats. Sky Sports recently teamed up with Hewlett Packard and did just that.
Although they have oddly selected Jack McGrath at tighthead…
Check out the results below.
Vunipola is a huge ball carrier with 59 total carries in 2016, and tops the metres made for his position with 75.
Kruis has won 35 lineouts and leads all locks in 2016 with eight steals. He also leads the way in defence with 104 tackles.
Billy Vunipola tops the table with 150 carries and metres made – an incredible 501. Faletau is a very close second for the coveted 8 position.
Biggar will face stiff competition from Farrell and Sexton but leads the way at the moment according to the stats.Nowell is ranked second among the wingers behind North when it comes to carries and when it comes to defenders beaten with a total of 31 but tops the tackle count with 62.
Stuart Hogg is no doubt in the running for the fullback spot, but Mike Brown is the clear winner when looking at the statistics, although the Scotland international has played three fewer matches this year in an international jersey.