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The Weekend Review: Issue 16 – Lions Watch

What with the 2016/17 season being a British and Irish Lions season, we will taking part in the fantasy selection fun that we will all see across every media outlet for the next year.

 

Once a month we will pick a Lions team and wider squad and publish it in our newsletter, it should be fairly interesting to see how it evolves throughout the season and how many of the players selected in this issues first squad will still be in the squad or starting come the actual tour.

 

Already the buzz for the Lions is building, and it is only going to get stronger, with the first major milestone of the Lions season fast approaching; the Head Coach will be announced in Edinburgh on the 7th September.

 

Here then is our first stab at a Lions starting XV and wider squad. It is heavy of English and Welsh players, with a fair smattering of Irishmen and a sprinkling of Scots. Our bet is that the number of Irishmen will go up over the season as Joe Schmidt continues to spread his coaching genius.

 

British & Irish Lions XV (26th August 2016)

15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors & Scotland)

14 Anthony Watson (Bath & England)

13 Jonathan Davies (Scarlets & Wales)

12 Owen Farrell (Saracens & England)

11 George North (Northampton Saints & Wales)

10 George Ford (Bath & England)

9 Rhys Webb (Ospreys & Wales)

1 Jack McGrath (Leinster & Ireland)

2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints & England)

3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers & England)

4 Maro Itoje (Saracens & England)

5 Alun-Wyn Jones (Ospreys & Wales)

6 Sean O’Brien (Leinster & Ireland)

7 Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues & Wales)

8 Taulupe Faletau (Bath & Wales)

Replacements:

16 Rory Best (Ulster & Ireland)

17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens & England)

18 WP Nel (Edinburgh & Scotland)

19 Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors & Scotland)

20 Billy Vunipola (Saracens & England)

21 Connor Murray (Munster & Ireland)

22 Jonny Sexton (Leinster & Ireland)

23 Liam Williams (Scarlets & Wales)

 

Rest of the Squad (Total 37):

Forwards: Jamie George (Saracens & England), Cian Healy (Leinster & Ireland), Samson Lee (Scarlets & Wales), Iain Henderson (Ulster & Ireland), Joe Launchbury (Wasps & England), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys & Wales), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys & Wales), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins & England).

Backs: Gareth Davies (Scarlets & Wales), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins & Wales), Jonathan Joseph (Bath & England), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors & Scotland), Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon & Wales).

 

England: 12 (6 starting)

Ireland: 8 (2 starting)

Scotland: 4 (1 starting)

Wales: 13 (6 starting)

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