Irish Pundits Name Their Final British & Irish Lions Squads

The clock is ticking.

After months of speculation Warren Gatland will finally name his British & Irish Lions squad on Wednesday for their summer tour of New Zealand.

A lot of big names are set to miss out, such is the talent pool currently available to the Kiwi across the British & Irish isles.

Here’s how two of Ireland’s most respected pundits- Gerry Thornley and Brendan Fanning, think Gatland’s touring party should look this summer.

Brendan Fanning’s Lions Squad

Fullbacks: S Hogg (Sco), M Brown (Eng)

Wings: L Williams (Wal), G North (Wal), E Daly (Eng), J Nowell (Eng), A Watson (Eng)

Centres: O Farrell (Eng), R Henshaw (Irl), J Joseph (Eng), D Taylor (Sco)

Outhalves: J Sexton (Irl), D Biggar (Wal)

Scrumhalves: C Murray (Irl), R Webb (Wal), A Price (Sco)

Props: J McGrath (Irl), M Vunipola (Eng), C Healy (Irl), T Furlong (Irl), D Cole (Eng), J Ryan (Irl)

Hookers: J George (Eng), R Best (Irl), K Owens (Wal)

Locks: AW Jones (Wal), J Launchbury (Eng), G Kruis (Eng), M Itoje (Eng), I Henderson (Irl)

Back-rows: P O’Mahony (Irl), CJ Stander (Irl), B Vunipola (Eng), N Hughes (Eng), S Warburton (C) (Wal), S O’Brien (Irl), H Watson (Sco).

Gerry Thornley’s Lions Squad

Fullbacks: Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)

Wings: Anthony Watson (England), Elliot Daly (England), George North (Wales), Liam Williams (Wales), Simon Zebo (Ireland)

Centres: Jonathan Joseph (England), Owen Farrell (England), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Garry Ringrose (Ireland)

Outhalves: Johnny Sexton (Ireland), Dan Biggar (Wales)

Scrumhalves: Conor Murray (Ireland), Rhys Webb (Wales), Ben Youngs (England)

Props: Mako Vunipola (England), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Joe Marler (England), Dan Cole (England), Zander Fagerson (Scotland)

Hookers: Ken Owens (Wales), Rory Best (Ireland), Jamie George (England)

Locks: Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Joe Launchbury (England), Courtney Lawes (England), Maro Itoje (England), Jonny Gray (Scotland)

Flankers: CJ Stander (Ireland), Sam Warburton (Wales, captain) Justin Tipuric (Wales), Seán O’Brien (Ireland), Peter O’Mahony (Ireland)

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor at RugbyLAD. Any queries big or small you can reach him at [email protected]
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