A Lions XV Made Up Of Players Who Didn’t Make The 41-Man Squad
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You can’t bring everybody.
A lot of top class players failed to make Warren Gatland’s 41-man squad, as was always going to be the case given the talent pool available to the head coach.
That being said, it’s a hell of long tour and it’s going to be a serious war of attrition. Realistically Gatland and his coaching team probably have a reserve list of around ten players that will end up in New Zealand due to injuries etc. We’ve already seen Greg Laidlaw called up due to Ben Young’s unfortunate withdrawal.
Here’s how we think an XV of unselected players might look.
The Unselected British & Irish Lions XV
1. Cian Healy
2. Dylan Hartley
3. WP Nel
4. Donnacha Ryan
5. Joe Launchbury
6. Chris Robshaw
7. Hamish Watson
8. Jamie Heaslip
9. Danny Care
10. Finn Russell
11. Sean Maitland
12. Alex Dunbar
13. Garry Ringrose
14. Keith Earls
15. Simon Zebo