Sir Clive Woodward Picks His Final Lions Squad Before The Big Reveal On Wednesday

Former England boss and the last man to bring a Lions team on a tour of New Zealand, Sir Clive Woodward has had a go at picking his squad for this summer.

That tour however didn’t exactly go to plan, despite the Lions squad being littered with talent as they were easily beaten in all three Tests.

The fact that their captain and arguably the best centre in the world at the time, Brian O’Driscoll was taken out just minutes into the 1st Test didn’t help, but at the end of the day-the All Blacks were immense.

Twelve years later, the World Cup-winning coach has had a go at picking the players he would take to New Zealand if he was in charge this summer.

Sir Clive Woodward’s British & Irish Lions Squad

Back Three
Stuart Hogg (Sco), Leigh Halfpenny (Wal), Liam Williams (Wal), George North (Wal), Anthony Watson (Eng), Chris Ashton (Eng). Reserve: Tommy Seymour (Sco).

Outside Centre
Jonathan Joseph (Eng), Garry Ringrose (Ire), Elliot Daly (Eng).

Inside Centre
Robbie Henshaw (Ire), Jonathan Davies (Wal). Reserve: Alex Dunbar (Sco).

Outhalf
Johnny Sexton (Ire), Owen Farrell (Eng), George Ford (Eng). Reserve: Dan Biggar (Wal).

Scrumhalf
Conor Murray (Ire), Rhys Webb (Wal), Ben Youngs (Eng). Reserve: Greig Laidlaw (Sco).

Props
Jack McGrath (Ire), Joe Marler (Eng), Mako Vunipola (Eng). Reserve: Cian Healy (Ire)

Tighthead Prop
Tadhg Furlong (Ire), Dan Cole (Eng), Tomas Francis (Wal). Reserve: Zander Fagerson (Sco).

Hooker
Rory Best (Ire), Dylan Hartley (Eng), Ken Owens (Wal). Reserve: Jamie George (Eng).

Lock
Alun Wyn Jones (Wal), George Kruis (Eng), Maro Itoje (Eng), Iain Henderson (Ire), Joe Launchbury (Eng). Reserve: Devin Toner (Ire).

Flanker
Sam Warburton (Wal), Justin Tipuric (Wal), CJ Stander (Ire), Sean O’Brien (Ire), Peter O’Mahony (Ire), Ross Moriarty (Wal). Reserve: John Barclay (Sco).

No. 8
Billy Vunipola (Eng), Toby Faletau (Wal). Reserve: Jamie Heaslip (Ire).

What do you think? Would you be happy with this squad if Woodward was the boss this summer?

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Jason Hennessy

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