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British and Irish Lions Tour

Postby Neptune » Wed, 19 Apr 2017, 13:44

The British and Irish Lions are set to tour New Zealand this summer with some key ommisions by Warren Gatland.
Here is the squad selected to tour.

http://www.espn.co.uk/rugby/story/_/id/ ... ed-captain

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Re: British and Irish Lions Tour

Postby suofficer » Wed, 19 Apr 2017, 13:57

On their last tour they played the Babaas in HK before going to on to Aus. I think they should have shortened this tour to NZ and played Georgia in France before they went south.

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Re: British and Irish Lions Tour

Postby amz » Wed, 19 Apr 2017, 14:21

I don't see absolutely any reason for which B&I Lions would play Georgia or any other European nation.

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Re: British and Irish Lions Tour

Postby TheStroBro » Wed, 19 Apr 2017, 14:56

The selections just show me that Gatland should be sacked, what an idiot.

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Re: British and Irish Lions Tour

Postby Bogdan_DC » Wed, 19 Apr 2017, 15:14

TheStroBro wrote:The selections just show me that Gatland should be sacked, what an idiot.


Yep i'm not a big fan of England but the likes of Mike Brown, Dylan Hartley & Joe Launchbury should be in there. Also i feel sorry for J.Gray.

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Re: British and Irish Lions Tour

Postby Thomas » Wed, 19 Apr 2017, 15:30

No Ford/Russell but Dan Biggar?? Greig laidlaw is far better than rhys Webb too. Why was AWJ Selected? No Launchbury? Or J Gray ? I can go on...

Why was Warburton selected? I would have brought in Watson to add some spice to the back row. Some of his selections were purely sentimental.

In the last Lions Tour they were 8 or 9 call ups so things may change with injuries etc. but the initial selection leaves much to be desired

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Re: British and Irish Lions Tour

Postby Figaro » Thu, 20 Apr 2017, 08:51

Thomas wrote:No Ford/Russell but Dan Biggar?? Greig laidlaw is far better than rhys Webb too. Why was AWJ Selected? No Launchbury? Or J Gray ? I can go on...

Why was Warburton selected? I would have brought in Watson to add some spice to the back row. Some of his selections were purely sentimental.

In the last Lions Tour they were 8 or 9 call ups so things may change with injuries etc. but the initial selection leaves much to be desired


Warburton was one of the form Back Rowers in the 6N and has obviously been made captain because 1) he's always been Gatland's right hand man, 2) he's one of the only captaincy candidates looking like a nailed-on starter. More surprising is the inclusion of Ross Moriarty - he's also been outstanding, but then I would have expected Heaslip or even Haskell or someone first. Maybe he's the token young "bolter".

Launchbury and Gray deserve to be there, but then who would you remove? AWJ apparently, but he's a truly outstanding second row. There was always going to be someone good left out there.

If you want to talk about undeserving Welshmen, you could point to Halfpenny, North and especially Jonathan Davies. Why the hell is Davies in ahead of Joseph, Henshaw, Ringrose, basically any other 6N centre?

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Re: British and Irish Lions Tour

Postby Neptune » Thu, 20 Apr 2017, 09:12

I also expected to see former crusaders player Sean Maitland at wing and Ian Madigan at fly half. Fantastic chaps these duo are.

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Re: British and Irish Lions Tour

Postby Neptune » Thu, 20 Apr 2017, 10:02

Their schedule looks really fatiguing and energy sapping. Games after a 3 days rest is kind of exhausting.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyu ... tches.html

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Re: British and Irish Lions Tour

Postby victorsra » Sun, 23 Apr 2017, 18:30

The 2021 Lions Tour will be in South Africa, but there are speculations about a match against the Pumas as well: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyu ... -2021.html They say Argentina's problem is the lack of professional teams. However, this is a statement considering they should keep those damn Super Rugby matches. And it will probably depend on the negociations about the duration of the Lions tours, that English clubs want to be reduced from the current 6 weeks.

I think Argentina would be mature enough to receive a full Lions tour, maybe starting with matches in North America. The "natural" year IMO opinion would be 2029, making alternate tours between Eastern and Western hemisphere, which is good for TV. And they should just scrap the Super Rugby matches and replace them by other tests. They just don't do that probably because of commercial interests.

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Re: British and Irish Lions Tour

Postby NaBUru38 » Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 15:34

amz wrote:I don't see absolutely any reason for which B&I Lions would play Georgia or any other European nation.

The Lions last played France in 1989. It's time for a rematch.

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