Lions Legend Makes Interesting Selection Call For 2nd Test

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Following his impact off the bench on Saturday, it’s safe to say we can all pretty much universally agree that Maro Itoje should be starting in Wellington on Saturday for the 2nd Test.

The person he should be replacing in the starting line-up for many people is Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones, but legendary Lion Adam Jones believes yes Itoje should start, but it’s George Kruis who should be dropped.

Speaking to ESPN, Jones said:

There is a clamour for Maro Itoje to come in and personally I would play him and Alun Wyn together. They are both big, athletic men, who are a nuisance at the breakdown and can each call in the lineout which is obviously George Kruis’ main strength.
“All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick, for me, is on course to become the best second row to ever play the game. He is a different level to anyone I have ever seen in that position.
“To combat his threat the Lions will need their two most athletic locks, and in my opinion that is Itoje and Alun Wyn. Kruis has been Borthwick’s go-to lineout guy with England and was a bit of a protégé of his in his earlier days at Saracens so the forwards coach has a tough decision to make.”

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Jason Hennessy

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