Ireland won’t have much of a presence at next year’s Lions tour according to leading English & Welsh media outlets.
Leading Welsh publication, Wales Online have zero Irish players in their Anglo-Welsh XV, The Telegraph only have room Jack McGrath and the Sky Sports’ team has McGrath listed as a tight-head.
There’s no room for the likes of Conor Murray, CJ Stander, tour veteran Jamie Heaslip and Robbie Henshaw with Eddie Jones’ England dominating all selections, including the Welsh selection. Check out the line-ups below and let us know what you think. Who would make your Lions XV?
TELEGRAPH [7 English, 5 Welsh, 2 Scottish, 1 Irish]
BACKS: Stuart Hogg; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Davies, Manu Tuilagi, George North; Owen Farrell, Rhys Webb
FORWARDS: Jack McGrath, Dylan Hartley, WP Nel; George Kruis, Alun Wyn Jones; Maro Itoje, Sam Warburton, Billy Vunipola
WALES ONLINE [8 English, 6 Welsh, 1 Scottish]
BACKS: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Joseph, Jamie Roberts, Liam Williams; George Ford, Rhys Webb
FORWARDS: Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole; George Kruis, Johnny Gray; Maro Itoje, Sam Warburton, Billy Vunipola
SKY SPORTS [9 English, 5 Welsh, 1 Irish]
BACKS: Mike Brown; George North, Jonathan Joseph, Jamie Roberts, Jack Nowell; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb
FORWARDS: Mako Vunipola, Ken Owens, Jack McGrath(!!!); George Kruis, Maro Itoje; Chris Robshaw, James Haskell, Billy Vunipola.
Who would make your Lions XV?