Our Updated 37-Man Lions Squad As Things Stand
The Lions tour of New Zealand is still several months away but that hasn’t stopped us from looking forward to it already.
Coming off the back of a massive series win over Australia, absolutely smashing the Wallabies in the final test, the Lions face the daunting task of trying to take down the back to back world champions, New Zealand.
The 2017 tour includes the usual three test matches along with some huge midweek games against the likes of the Crusaders, the Chiefs and the Maori All Blacks. You can view the full schedule here.
As expected the Six Nations has already has a dramatic effect on the potential make-up of the squad. Some players who were supposedly guaranteed a spot on the plane haven’t been performing, while a few surprise names have putting their hands up for selection.
Here’s our updated 37-man squad as things stand.
FRONT ROW: Jack McGrath (Ireland), Mako Vunipola (England), Joe Marler/Cian Healy (England/Ireland), Dan Cole (England), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), WP Nel – if fit (Scotland), Dylan Hartley (England), Rory Best (Ireland), Ken Owens (Wales).
SECOND ROW: Alun Wyn-Jones (Wales), Maro Itoje (England), Joe Launchbury (England), Courtney Lawes (England), Jonny Gray (Scotland).
BACK ROW: Hamish Watson (Scotland), CJ Stander (Ireland), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Sean O’Brien (Ireland), Sam Warburton (Wales), Billy Vunipola (England), Jamie Heaslip (Ireland).
HALF BACK: Rhys Webb (Wales), Conor Murray (Ireland), Ben Youngs (England), Finn Russell (Scotland), Johnny Sexton (Ireland)
CENTRE: Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Owen Farrell (England), Garry Ringrose (Ireland), Jonathan Joseph (England), Jonathan Davies (Wales).
BACK THREE: Elliot Daly (England), Liam Williams (Wales), Tommy Seymour (Scotland), George North (Wales), Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales).
British & Irish Lions Test XV
1. Jack McGrath
2. Rory Best (C)
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Alun Wyn Jones
5. Maro Itoje
6. CJ Stander
7. Justin Tipuric
8. Billy Vunipola
9. Conor Murray
10. Johnny Sexton
11. Elliot Daly
12. Owen Farrell
13. Robbie Henshaw
14. Liam Williams
15. Stuart Hogg