Lions watch - Owens and Sexton impress
15/03/2021 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,182
England players redeem themselves, while Wales' Ken Owens and Ireland's Johnny Sexton impress as the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour draws closer.
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15/03/2021 11:30:43 5 8
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Liam Williams must be nailed on at full back? Or will Stuart Hogg have something to say about that?

Russell at 10 surely?
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15/03/2021 11:38:51 8 5
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Has to be Williams. Hogg looks good going forward but can't defend.
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15/03/2021 11:41:55 4 9
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Please LW is not a FB. Kicking and tackling is atrocious.
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:52:55 3 8
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I agree Williams is the best option. And if you want to be solid at the back I would go Keenan over Hogg.
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15/03/2021 12:04:59 1 3
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Hogg and Williams take them both
Hogg has the wheels but is a little small
Williams is bit more of an all rounder and played well last tour but does occasionally leave an elbow out
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15/03/2021 12:15:48 3 3
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hogg all the way
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15/03/2021 17:09:35 2 2
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Don’t rule out Watson for full back.
Sexton outplayed Russell yesterday.
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15/03/2021 11:32:03 21 4
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A few irish forwards put their hands up this weekend. Irish backline looked bereft of ideas...
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15/03/2021 12:41:43 17 1
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Tadgh Bierne is superb, always seems to be involved, can play 4, 5 or 6. Blindside I think is his best position
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15/03/2021 11:32:32 0 25
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My current Lions 15.

1. Sinckler
2. George
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs (shoot me down but he played the best against the best - France)
10. Russell
11. Rees-Zammit (was hoping Lowe but his defense is questionable
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Hogg
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15/03/2021 11:35:02 11 2
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Sinckler plays 3, not 1
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15/03/2021 11:37:06 1 1
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Sinkler is a tighthead, he'd get marmalised by the Boks playing out of position.
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15/03/2021 11:38:06 7 7
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Sinckler is a tight head, not a loosehead.

Kind of says it all really. A team that includes 7 players from an England side thats scrapping mid table and only 3 from the side going for a Grand Slam.
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Gaz
15/03/2021 11:42:48 0 1
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you having a laugh! 12 and 13 really? as with 1,2 and 6? Gatland will pick a working front three as well as a working 6,7 8. The back line will also look very different with Ringrose in at 13
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15/03/2021 11:50:20 1 6
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Couldn't see Sinckler not getting at least 1 yellow against the Boks if he started 3 tests, even in the right position
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15/03/2021 13:13:52 0 1
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Would Gats pick Sinkler (at tighthead) after his public comments about him? I do worry that Farrell will be picked but surely there are better options at 12 - Henshaw or Redpath?
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15/03/2021 11:32:32 0 25
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My current Lions 15.

1. Sinckler
2. George
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs (shoot me down but he played the best against the best - France)
10. Russell
11. Rees-Zammit (was hoping Lowe but his defense is questionable
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Hogg
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15/03/2021 11:35:02 11 2
bbc
Sinckler plays 3, not 1
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15/03/2021 11:32:32 0 25
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My current Lions 15.

1. Sinckler
2. George
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs (shoot me down but he played the best against the best - France)
10. Russell
11. Rees-Zammit (was hoping Lowe but his defense is questionable
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Hogg
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15/03/2021 11:37:06 1 1
bbc
Sinkler is a tighthead, he'd get marmalised by the Boks playing out of position.
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15/03/2021 11:37:09 4 14
bbc
Playing for the Lions is high up on the agenda for any rugby player. However, I, like many, lost interest in the concept many years ago. Good luck to those who are eventually selected. With Gatland picking the squad I am sure there will no bias in favour of one particular nation!
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15/03/2021 11:39:24 6 7
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He hasn't in the last two tours, so why would he start now?
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15/03/2021 11:41:43 5 4
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He will pick the best Squad to get the job done. as always, you a Scotsman by any chance ?.
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15/03/2021 11:45:37 1 5
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You would have to be particularly dull not to favour the players that battered one particular nation.
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15/03/2021 14:27:30 2 2
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For the last tour in New Zealand (2017) he picked more Welsh than any other nation in particular Scotland. Prior to selection, Wales had lost to Scotland, finished below them in the 6N (5th) and were lower in the world rankings. Says it all really!!
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15/03/2021 11:32:32 0 25
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My current Lions 15.

1. Sinckler
2. George
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs (shoot me down but he played the best against the best - France)
10. Russell
11. Rees-Zammit (was hoping Lowe but his defense is questionable
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Hogg
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15/03/2021 11:38:06 7 7
bbc
Sinckler is a tight head, not a loosehead.

Kind of says it all really. A team that includes 7 players from an England side thats scrapping mid table and only 3 from the side going for a Grand Slam.
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15/03/2021 12:04:40 3 1
bbc
That kind of ratio seemed to work in NZ four years ago when Wales finished fifth in the table (not even scraping mid table) and supplied the second highest representation of players over Ireland. Wales also provided the backs coach from a side that was reluctant to score tries throughout the tournament.
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15/03/2021 11:30:43 5 8
bbc
Liam Williams must be nailed on at full back? Or will Stuart Hogg have something to say about that?

Russell at 10 surely?
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15/03/2021 11:38:51 8 5
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Has to be Williams. Hogg looks good going forward but can't defend.
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15/03/2021 11:39:20 72 7
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Russell and Sexton isn't really a fair comparison given how much the Irish pack dominated. I would add Hamish Watson to the list of outstanding performers this weekend.
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15/03/2021 12:52:42 16 12
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Agree with Watson, not sure about Russell.
back row for me
6 Curry ,7 Watson, 8 Faletou, id have Tupiric on bench but can cover both 6 & 7 and would be more effective when game opens up.
Navidi deserves a mention as does, Beinre who can cover 2nd row and 6.
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15/03/2021 13:37:30 8 5
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Lot of tosh been written about Sexton vs Russell. The article above is rubbish - FR missed a much harder kick at the edge of his range that he only took because forwards couldn't win a line out to save themselves.

Also the kick to touch he missed came after he was concussed and went off shortly after. Think he played pretty well for a 10 without a platform, and tackled well.
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15/03/2021 13:54:36 10 2
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Hamish Watson has been superb this 6Ns. His ability to play so well and so hard for 80 mins has made a huge difference to Scotland this year. Unfortunately, other than the England game, the rest of the team has played in fits and starts. Our usual problem, although the games have been really tight which in the past wouldn't have been the case.
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15/03/2021 11:37:09 4 14
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Playing for the Lions is high up on the agenda for any rugby player. However, I, like many, lost interest in the concept many years ago. Good luck to those who are eventually selected. With Gatland picking the squad I am sure there will no bias in favour of one particular nation!
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15/03/2021 11:39:24 6 7
bbc
He hasn't in the last two tours, so why would he start now?
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15/03/2021 12:05:40 2 2
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He hasn't?? Really??
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15/03/2021 12:15:03 3 3
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oh dear, a wee red tinge to your reading glasses methinkd
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15/03/2021 11:39:50 8 7
bbc
Sexton wins head-to-head with Russel.......not in the game I was watching
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:43:58 13 6
bbc
Russel made mistake after mistake at the weekend. From knock ons to missed kicks to touch.

Sexton looked like he rolled the clock back 5 years.
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15/03/2021 11:47:23 2 2
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They were both bad - I was really rooting for Finn Russell at the start of the 6N but he has successfully played his way into a mid-week team that will probably not play any matches.
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15/03/2021 13:24:43 0 3
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Finn was terrible yesterday as he was against England.

In fact he's a luxury player and Gats knows this. Ford will be the starting 10
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Gaz
15/03/2021 11:40:17 8 1
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What a shame that a Lions tour of SA is so unlikely as there are a great pool of players from all 4 nations to make up the the squad. The boks will also be rusty having not played at top level.
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15/03/2021 11:43:29 2 1
bbc
Something will probably happen, but any idea of it being anything approaching a standard tour is off. I'd guess the SA team coming to Europe with no club level games. No it won't be the same but then it never was going to be.
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15/03/2021 11:40:26 46 24
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Tbh I’ve slowly but surely started to get a bit fed up of the lions concept. It is meant to be about 4 nations coming together to take on one of the SH giants.
Lately it has become more and more nationalistic (driven largely by certain elements of the media) who focus more on their own country’s players and how their countryman won the tour for the lions.
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15/03/2021 11:49:04 11 75
bbc
Couldn't agree more. Lions concept needs to die
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15/03/2021 12:06:43 5 2
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The media are a big problem in general. I like the lions but i agree with you that the media are largly to blame for hownit is perceived today
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15/03/2021 12:14:57 9 15
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Agreed, especially as the NZ tour turned into a Wales development squad when the likes of Tomas Francis, Gareth Davis etc appearing on the scene.
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15/03/2021 14:37:33 3 3
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Don’t know what u r reading - beauty is about the unity of the team. It’s a shame Scotland can’t put a run of performances together to push forward their players.
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16/03/2021 07:02:14 5 0
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I couldn't disagree more. I'm a Welsh rugby fan living in England and my son and I love going to either the local pub or rugby club to meet up with fans from England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland usually early in the morning, as we all support our Lions team with bacon rolls and excited banter during the games. All true rugby fans together who come together for the love of the game.
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15/03/2021 11:41:09 29 13
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For me the first name on an England or Lions team sheet has to be Tom Curry

An absolute 80 minute full pace performance - and now he has become a very credible line out option
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:46:50 8 4
bbc
Some engine mind.
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15/03/2021 11:37:09 4 14
bbc
Playing for the Lions is high up on the agenda for any rugby player. However, I, like many, lost interest in the concept many years ago. Good luck to those who are eventually selected. With Gatland picking the squad I am sure there will no bias in favour of one particular nation!
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15/03/2021 11:41:43 5 4
bbc
He will pick the best Squad to get the job done. as always, you a Scotsman by any chance ?.
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15/03/2021 11:30:43 5 8
bbc
Liam Williams must be nailed on at full back? Or will Stuart Hogg have something to say about that?

Russell at 10 surely?
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15/03/2021 11:41:55 4 9
bbc
Please LW is not a FB. Kicking and tackling is atrocious.
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15/03/2021 11:42:15 22 3
bbc
Few players played themselves out of contention over weekend, Lowe for his defence again letting him done, Russell outplayed by Sexton, DVDM has bulk but lacking in top 2 inches. Scotland pack (except Watson) got out muscled.
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15/03/2021 11:47:09 34 17
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Yeah, can't help but think Josh Adams played himself out of the team as well. Terrible finishing bungling an easy try scoring opportunity.

Considering how good LRZ is looking on the opposite wing, there's no chance of him making it.

11 & 14 looks like Zammit and Watson all the way.
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15/03/2021 12:11:27 8 2
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Were Lowe and DVDM in contention, really?
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15/03/2021 12:16:00 4 8
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I'd take Jamie Ritchie
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15/03/2021 14:09:54 1 7
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I dont think Russell got outplayed by Sexton, I think it was just the case he didnt have much of the ball to do a comparison. Russell was far better than sexton in defence on Saturday for example. As far as goal kicking, Russell is not at the level of any of the other 10s in the 6N, and if selected for the Lions will need a Farrell at 12 to give them goal kicking consistency.
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15/03/2021 14:10:32 2 3
bbc
What about Hogg and the high ball?
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15/03/2021 15:23:35 2 1
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On that basis, you could have said that the entire England team played themselves out of contention after Round 1. Luckily the tournament has five rounds.
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15/03/2021 11:32:32 0 25
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My current Lions 15.

1. Sinckler
2. George
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs (shoot me down but he played the best against the best - France)
10. Russell
11. Rees-Zammit (was hoping Lowe but his defense is questionable
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Hogg
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Gaz
15/03/2021 11:42:48 0 1
bbc
you having a laugh! 12 and 13 really? as with 1,2 and 6? Gatland will pick a working front three as well as a working 6,7 8. The back line will also look very different with Ringrose in at 13
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Gaz
15/03/2021 11:40:17 8 1
bbc
What a shame that a Lions tour of SA is so unlikely as there are a great pool of players from all 4 nations to make up the the squad. The boks will also be rusty having not played at top level.
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15/03/2021 11:43:29 2 1
bbc
Something will probably happen, but any idea of it being anything approaching a standard tour is off. I'd guess the SA team coming to Europe with no club level games. No it won't be the same but then it never was going to be.
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:51:30 0 1
bbc
Will be interesting to see if SA pick players with game time under their belts. Lots of players in Europe can make a very good team.

And Faf will be well on the pace to watch out.
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15/03/2021 12:08:01 0 1
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Ive read that the squad will be smaller, no dirt tracters, just the main guys. Only the main tests, aparently
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15/03/2021 11:39:50 8 7
bbc
Sexton wins head-to-head with Russel.......not in the game I was watching
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:43:58 13 6
bbc
Russel made mistake after mistake at the weekend. From knock ons to missed kicks to touch.

Sexton looked like he rolled the clock back 5 years.
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15/03/2021 11:44:46 62 8
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Great to know what Carol Vorderman thinks.

Oh actually, sorry, I couldn't care less. Sort it out, editors. Not every report has to link to to an irrelevant Twitter opinion, no matter what your targets might say.
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ET
15/03/2021 13:48:09 6 3
bbc
Apparently when you’re target “market” is 16-34, Twitter is particularly vital.
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:44:55 3 22
bbc
My team based on the Six nations so far.

1. Sinckler
2. Owens
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs
10. Sexton
11. Rees-Zammit
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Keenan
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Gaz
15/03/2021 11:47:20 12 3
bbc
are you maxlayons identical twin. More than half of these wouldnt be on the plane, let alone play in a test
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15/03/2021 11:48:17 4 2
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Another person who doesn't know what side of the scrum Sinckler plays on.
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:48:44 2 4
bbc
Sorry Genge for Sinckler wrong pos.
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15/03/2021 11:51:07 4 2
bbc
I'm sure Gatland won't be picking a tight head prop to play in the loose.
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15/03/2021 11:54:49 6 3
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"Based on the six nations so far" - Half are from the team in 4th
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15/03/2021 11:56:40 5 2
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That is probably the worst effort at picking a team I have ever seen!!
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15/03/2021 11:37:09 4 14
bbc
Playing for the Lions is high up on the agenda for any rugby player. However, I, like many, lost interest in the concept many years ago. Good luck to those who are eventually selected. With Gatland picking the squad I am sure there will no bias in favour of one particular nation!
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15/03/2021 11:45:37 1 5
bbc
You would have to be particularly dull not to favour the players that battered one particular nation.
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15/03/2021 11:41:09 29 13
bbc
For me the first name on an England or Lions team sheet has to be Tom Curry

An absolute 80 minute full pace performance - and now he has become a very credible line out option
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:46:50 8 4
bbc
Some engine mind.
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15/03/2021 11:47:09 7 1
bbc
Irish backs were poor (apart from Sexton), considering how much on top the forwards were. Lowe especially was poor. Also vd Merwe will not threaten the English or Welsh wingers.
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15/03/2021 11:42:15 22 3
bbc
Few players played themselves out of contention over weekend, Lowe for his defence again letting him done, Russell outplayed by Sexton, DVDM has bulk but lacking in top 2 inches. Scotland pack (except Watson) got out muscled.
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15/03/2021 11:47:09 34 17
bbc
Yeah, can't help but think Josh Adams played himself out of the team as well. Terrible finishing bungling an easy try scoring opportunity.

Considering how good LRZ is looking on the opposite wing, there's no chance of him making it.

11 & 14 looks like Zammit and Watson all the way.
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15/03/2021 12:02:23 0 4
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They both play on the right wing.
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15/03/2021 12:05:06 2 2
bbc
Watson and LRZ on the wings all day long. Who would have in the centre? So many to chose from? I never thought id think of North as a centre option for the Lions
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kai
15/03/2021 12:33:12 3 4
bbc
Again I just wish people would stop thinkinga bout the team they want and start thinking about the team Gatlamd would pick becasue that is the way it's going to happen.. just a simple fact people dont seem to be able to accept
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15/03/2021 16:47:36 1 3
bbc
Josh Adams has had a pretty tasty 6 Nations for me. I certainly wouldn’t discount him because of one or two fluffs against Italy. He’s turned up against the big boys. Games left before the dust has settled however.
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15/03/2021 17:20:42 1 3
bbc
Johnny May could have a word or two to say about that.
Also, Keith Earles, a previous Lion, was very good on Sunday and has had a good 6N
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15/03/2021 17:26:55 0 4
bbc
Zammit would evaporate, against SA. May and Watson would be my wingers. I suppose Hogg will be fullback but the bloke makes a lot of mistakes.
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:44:55 3 22
bbc
My team based on the Six nations so far.

1. Sinckler
2. Owens
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs
10. Sexton
11. Rees-Zammit
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Keenan
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Gaz
15/03/2021 11:47:20 12 3
bbc
are you maxlayons identical twin. More than half of these wouldnt be on the plane, let alone play in a test
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15/03/2021 11:39:50 8 7
bbc
Sexton wins head-to-head with Russel.......not in the game I was watching
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15/03/2021 11:47:23 2 2
bbc
They were both bad - I was really rooting for Finn Russell at the start of the 6N but he has successfully played his way into a mid-week team that will probably not play any matches.
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AG
15/03/2021 12:14:47 2 1
bbc
Russell was concussed by the time he took that penalty which went touch in goal. Should have been off for his HIA.
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:44:55 3 22
bbc
My team based on the Six nations so far.

1. Sinckler
2. Owens
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs
10. Sexton
11. Rees-Zammit
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Keenan
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15/03/2021 11:48:17 4 2
bbc
Another person who doesn't know what side of the scrum Sinckler plays on.
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15/03/2021 11:48:31 1 25
bbc
Lions needs to die as a concept. I have zero interest in supporting players from other countries. Would rather support SA players than Welsh and Scottish
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15/03/2021 12:01:03 18 1
bbc
Well, good for you! I for one, dont care where they come from, ive allways liked the lions. Cut nationlistic crap mate, this is the lions
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:44:55 3 22
bbc
My team based on the Six nations so far.

1. Sinckler
2. Owens
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs
10. Sexton
11. Rees-Zammit
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Keenan
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:48:44 2 4
bbc
Sorry Genge for Sinckler wrong pos.
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Gaz
15/03/2021 11:52:40 4 3
bbc
thats even worse!
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15/03/2021 11:40:26 46 24
bbc
Tbh I’ve slowly but surely started to get a bit fed up of the lions concept. It is meant to be about 4 nations coming together to take on one of the SH giants.
Lately it has become more and more nationalistic (driven largely by certain elements of the media) who focus more on their own country’s players and how their countryman won the tour for the lions.
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15/03/2021 11:49:04 11 75
bbc
Couldn't agree more. Lions concept needs to die
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15/03/2021 12:00:54 6 8
bbc
Let me guess, you're English?
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:49:08 84 8
bbc
Why is praise from Carol Vorderman considered noteworthy?
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15/03/2021 11:59:27 22 6
bbc
Yeah, rather odd
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kai
15/03/2021 12:31:23 8 23
bbc
Why is criticism of Carol Vorderman by you considered noteworthy?
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-_-
15/03/2021 12:31:35 16 7
bbc
BBC will add tweets from anyone to bulk out articles. Lazy journalism.
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15/03/2021 12:49:41 9 1
bbc
They quite often have a celeb tweet or comment. Rugby is not so popular that we can sneer at the publicity.
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15/03/2021 12:57:34 7 2
bbc
No one at the BBC understand sport

But they do understand twitter
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15/03/2021 13:23:09 3 1
bbc
Impressed with Ireland’s line out figures most probably
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15/03/2021 13:35:50 14 8
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Because she is Welsh and therefore knows her rugby, unlike some on here.
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15/03/2021 13:51:35 1 1
bbc
You, and those responding to you, have presumably missed the "Countdown" reference. (Not the best segue admittedly, but a segue all the same,)
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15/03/2021 16:09:58 0 2
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Maths background, so she knows what to do when someone shouts "Ninety-Nine!"
753
15/03/2021 21:54:27 0 0
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Who ?
771
15/03/2021 22:06:09 4 1
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Is that all you have to say?
At least Vorderman actually commented on the rugby
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16/03/2021 07:27:27 0 0
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Because of her massive... brain.
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16/03/2021 12:22:14 2 0
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She was on the 6 nations sin bin show on bbc wales as the Welsh supporting celebrity. That's probably why she was singled out.
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15/03/2021 11:32:32 0 25
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My current Lions 15.

1. Sinckler
2. George
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs (shoot me down but he played the best against the best - France)
10. Russell
11. Rees-Zammit (was hoping Lowe but his defense is questionable
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Hogg
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15/03/2021 11:50:20 1 6
bbc
Couldn't see Sinckler not getting at least 1 yellow against the Boks if he started 3 tests, even in the right position
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:44:55 3 22
bbc
My team based on the Six nations so far.

1. Sinckler
2. Owens
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs
10. Sexton
11. Rees-Zammit
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Keenan
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15/03/2021 11:51:07 4 2
bbc
I'm sure Gatland won't be picking a tight head prop to play in the loose.
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15/03/2021 11:43:29 2 1
bbc
Something will probably happen, but any idea of it being anything approaching a standard tour is off. I'd guess the SA team coming to Europe with no club level games. No it won't be the same but then it never was going to be.
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:51:30 0 1
bbc
Will be interesting to see if SA pick players with game time under their belts. Lots of players in Europe can make a very good team.

And Faf will be well on the pace to watch out.
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:48:44 2 4
bbc
Sorry Genge for Sinckler wrong pos.
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Gaz
15/03/2021 11:52:40 4 3
bbc
thats even worse!
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15/03/2021 11:30:43 5 8
bbc
Liam Williams must be nailed on at full back? Or will Stuart Hogg have something to say about that?

Russell at 10 surely?
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:52:55 3 8
bbc
I agree Williams is the best option. And if you want to be solid at the back I would go Keenan over Hogg.
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15/03/2021 11:53:01 36 5
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For me the Lions has been as much about the traveling support as the Team. Sadly, I notice more and more people saying they don't care any more.

I fear that to many, nationalism and bigotry are more important now.
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15/03/2021 12:23:26 9 2
bbc
I'd agree with you about the travelling support. I don't think it's that people don't care about the tour, they do. It's a matter of it being safe with covid as it tends to be older people who can afford to do it. The SA gov need to prove they've got hold of covid. People in gov being promoted to the level of their incompetence is bad in the UK but another level in SA. Think it'll be next year
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15/03/2021 14:35:37 2 1
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Real fans still care and can see through the nationalist nonsense
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16/03/2021 11:58:06 0 0
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Very hard to be unbiased - perhaps selecting the team without your own nationals then with a multitude of selected teams - select the common players. Also seems strange that teams are based on last games - should be over the 5 games for a fairer comparison
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15/03/2021 11:53:18 5 6
bbc
Pascal Gaüzère worth fourteen points anytime.
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15/03/2021 12:17:54 0 1
bbc
Yeah but to the Bokke
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:44:55 3 22
bbc
My team based on the Six nations so far.

1. Sinckler
2. Owens
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs
10. Sexton
11. Rees-Zammit
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Keenan
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15/03/2021 11:54:49 6 3
bbc
"Based on the six nations so far" - Half are from the team in 4th
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15/03/2021 11:54:59 8 6
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Sexton’s best game for 2 years, FR too many errors for WG to start him at 10.

L Williams at 15 & SH on bench if you’re chasing a game. Hoggs defense is just too brittle.

H Watson , Faletau & T Curry look best of a very competitive back row.
Scots lineout woes hurt Grays case. Itoje & Ryan for me.

LCD at 2. Can’t base case for KO off an ok game vs a very weak Italy.

No obvious 9 still.
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15/03/2021 12:12:27 12 29
bbc
L williams instead of Hogg, you are having a laugh
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15/03/2021 12:13:52 0 6
bbc
Danny Care at 9? I've been thinking this about 9's and he's been the best of the eligible 9's recently, granted not on an international stage, but 80+ caps for England shows he's been there at least. Its an outside bet to say the least though! Don't think it'll happen.
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15/03/2021 12:15:06 6 3
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If Tomos Williams is fit, he will be no.9. Highly rated by Gatland
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15/03/2021 13:41:43 0 1
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Can someone actually show me stats where it proves Hogg's defense is 'too brittle'? Seem to be making your opinion up on when he first came into the scene - he's improved tons since moving to Exeter. They wouldn't play him there if his D was terrible.

Also - 15's are usually last man tackles and are always more likely to miss them. Only thing LW has over SH is aerial ability.
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16/03/2021 13:13:41 0 0
bbc
LCD plays off the bench. When fit, Ken Owens has been a nailed on starter for Wales. Can’t base case for LCD off a one match start.
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15/03/2021 11:55:14 1 7
bbc
The Lions selection will be about beating the South Africans whose last match saw them dominate England in what became a one sided World Cup Final. They had had one less day preparation, one extra match and a much tougher draw than England. Gatland is no fool. He will select players who can prevent SA rampaging. Yes Curry, perhaps Itoje, possibly Cowan Dickie up front.
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15/03/2021 12:00:47 3 5
bbc
Problem is they failed to do that last time they met. SA said in world cup that their hardest battle was Wales.

Back row will be Navidi, Faletau and Watson
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Bob
15/03/2021 12:01:11 5 4
bbc
After loosing to New Zealand, South Africa did not have a tougher matches. Do you remember the poor box kicking game against Wales?
England beat Aus & New Zealand to the reach that final. England lost that game with scrum pens because Dan Cole came on in the first 5 mins.
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15/03/2021 11:56:11 6 10
bbc
IMO Farrell doesn't even make the squad. Biggar, Russell and Ford all better than him. Sexton well past his best.

Youngs, Itoje, Curry, Watson, Hogg, Watson, AWJ (capt), Navidi, Owens, Faletau, Tipuric, North, J Davies, Slade all certainties for starters.
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15/03/2021 12:22:49 2 10
bbc
AWJ, North and Davies shouldn't be on the plane, but with Gatland as head coach I have no doubt that they are already starters for the first test
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:44:55 3 22
bbc
My team based on the Six nations so far.

1. Sinckler
2. Owens
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. T Curry
7. Tipuric
8. Faletau
9. Youngs
10. Sexton
11. Rees-Zammit
12. Farrell
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Keenan
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15/03/2021 11:56:40 5 2
bbc
That is probably the worst effort at picking a team I have ever seen!!
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15/03/2021 11:56:58 4 4
bbc
Tadhg Beirne put a marker down
Johnny Sexton stood up and stayed up
Russel believes his own hype a little , a bit marmite for me
Hamish is always on it
The Scottish South African winger you gotta like
Itoje super maro is a ‘lock’ for the lions squad
Billy V , Antony Watson , Rees-Zammit , Red Ken , Tom Curry , AWJ should be on the plane
Sheedy

How many ref’s are we allowed?
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15/03/2021 12:04:03 2 1
bbc
His name is Duhan van de Merwe, and he probably played his way out. Bad positioning for first try, and several other mistakes.
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15/03/2021 11:57:06 22 16
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I'm surprised that Itoje is still mentioned as a possible captain, after all the penalties he's given away this 6N - perhaps he could be on the next Lions tour, if/when he grows up a bit.
Sexton certainly did better than Russell, but had a far superior pack in front of him - even though I prefer Russell, he's not a Gatland-style player, so Sexton or Biggar will be at 10.
Ken Owens - what a star!
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15/03/2021 11:58:05 16 5
bbc
It’s a nonsense article, who knows who Gatland will pick, one thing we do know is he isn’t scared of upsetting potential shoe-ins and being unpopular. Really not sure about Marco being a lions skipper, he’s a great player with an incredible workload, but as a leader who leads by example, I think the boks would look to target him, and you don’t really want your skipper in the bin?
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15/03/2021 12:11:01 7 18
bbc
well on past selections no scots will be going - how to completely disenfranchise a nation again
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15/03/2021 12:12:50 3 3
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The same comments were made about Martin Johnson some years back!

It's always a gamble - you don't really know until someone does it. I certainly see Itoje as a potential future captain but there seems a boyishness about him at present. Not a bad thing - he is a young lad still - but it would need to be dropped if he were Captain.

He has a brain, a rugby brain, and a load of talent.
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15/03/2021 11:58:10 1 9
bbc
Not sure who wrote this article but think their tips on contenders are missing some of the obvious stand-out players from 6N so far. Not sure that BV,MV or Ken Owens being at this level. At least 2 Scot hookers look good and Sam Simmonds must get call at 8. There are some great Irish, Welsh and Scot options in back row, front row although English LCD , MO and Curry, Sinkler and wingers look good.
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15/03/2021 11:58:13 7 6
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The writer of this piece must have spent a long time away from the screen making a cuppa to have missed Tom Curry's performance. Cowan-Dickie is up there with the best and be a better choice than George.. Remember Ken Owens was performing against a lack lustre Italian side. Hogg will also be on the radar. I hope the next article on Gatland's choices has more knowledgable insight of the game.
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Gaz
15/03/2021 12:02:44 4 1
bbc
I think my dog has more insight of the selection than this BBC "writer".
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15/03/2021 11:58:38 25 4
bbc
May be interesting to see if he takes anyone not involved in their National sides.

Simmonds and Smith both deserve a look.
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15/03/2021 12:03:15 4 1
bbc
He’s sure to, he will take the best to get the best results. Be that best ability, or good ability but the temperament to tour.
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Bob
15/03/2021 12:04:43 4 3
bbc
I think he will take Simmonds. Not many stand out 8s at the moment
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15/03/2021 12:37:57 1 4
bbc
Ben Spencer, Harry Williams, John Cooney, Rhys Priestland
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15/03/2021 12:52:23 4 1
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Gatland did last time. Sinckler and Jamie George went to New Zealand before starting an England game.
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15/03/2021 13:40:29 3 1
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Mr Gatland has been watching both in recent weeks. He's a lot less hidebound in his selection approach than the current England coach
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15/03/2021 14:36:17 3 3
bbc
Fair point but Ford is better than Smith
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15/03/2021 16:03:20 3 1
bbc
Don’t they cal that a “bolter” and there is at least one. Simmonds, Exeter’s 8 I think is the leading try scorer in the Premiership, and if not certainly amongst the best. How he hasn’t been picked is a mystery and I not even English
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15/03/2021 11:58:41 5 6
bbc
Presumably this article was written by an Englishman!
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Gaz
15/03/2021 12:03:19 1 5
bbc
Yes, probably with Slade or Ford in his name.
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Bob
15/03/2021 11:49:08 84 8
bbc
Why is praise from Carol Vorderman considered noteworthy?
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15/03/2021 11:59:27 22 6
bbc
Yeah, rather odd
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15/03/2021 11:55:14 1 7
bbc
The Lions selection will be about beating the South Africans whose last match saw them dominate England in what became a one sided World Cup Final. They had had one less day preparation, one extra match and a much tougher draw than England. Gatland is no fool. He will select players who can prevent SA rampaging. Yes Curry, perhaps Itoje, possibly Cowan Dickie up front.
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15/03/2021 12:00:47 3 5
bbc
Problem is they failed to do that last time they met. SA said in world cup that their hardest battle was Wales.

Back row will be Navidi, Faletau and Watson
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Bob
15/03/2021 12:07:03 0 5
bbc
HAA NAvidi is rubish
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15/03/2021 11:49:04 11 75
bbc
Couldn't agree more. Lions concept needs to die
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15/03/2021 12:00:54 6 8
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Let me guess, you're English?
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15/03/2021 14:37:57 1 1
bbc
I doubt it
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15/03/2021 11:48:31 1 25
bbc
Lions needs to die as a concept. I have zero interest in supporting players from other countries. Would rather support SA players than Welsh and Scottish
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15/03/2021 12:01:03 18 1
bbc
Well, good for you! I for one, dont care where they come from, ive allways liked the lions. Cut nationlistic crap mate, this is the lions
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Pat
15/03/2021 12:55:12 3 1
bbc
Being on old timer I am still in love with the the lions concept, I am more inclined to spending money on lions tour rather than a world cup. The fact that the lions is still going in the proffesonal era is testament to it's appeal and the all important commercial success the proffesonal era demands
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15/03/2021 11:55:14 1 7
bbc
The Lions selection will be about beating the South Africans whose last match saw them dominate England in what became a one sided World Cup Final. They had had one less day preparation, one extra match and a much tougher draw than England. Gatland is no fool. He will select players who can prevent SA rampaging. Yes Curry, perhaps Itoje, possibly Cowan Dickie up front.
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Bob
15/03/2021 12:01:11 5 4
bbc
After loosing to New Zealand, South Africa did not have a tougher matches. Do you remember the poor box kicking game against Wales?
England beat Aus & New Zealand to the reach that final. England lost that game with scrum pens because Dan Cole came on in the first 5 mins.
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15/03/2021 14:56:18 0 1
bbc
Dan Cole was Ok, it was Mako who struggled. Marler was better when came on.
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15/03/2021 12:01:43 7 7
bbc
On the plane (if flying) Owens, Faletou, LRZ, Sexton, Beirne, H Watson , Hogg Curry, A Watson, Tupiric, Navidi, Wyn Jones, AWJ, Itoje, May, Ringrose, Stander.
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Bob
15/03/2021 12:03:50 9 1
bbc
Ringrose was pants yesterday.
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Gaz
15/03/2021 12:05:28 4 2
bbc
Furlong, North and LRZ will be on the plane
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15/03/2021 12:08:56 2 1
bbc
Not ringrose, weak yesterday and previously.
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15/03/2021 12:39:04 0 3
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Good selection. Each one has put their hand up for the call.
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15/03/2021 17:37:19 3 1
bbc
Add Johnny Grey for AWJ
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15/03/2021 11:47:09 34 17
bbc
Yeah, can't help but think Josh Adams played himself out of the team as well. Terrible finishing bungling an easy try scoring opportunity.

Considering how good LRZ is looking on the opposite wing, there's no chance of him making it.

11 & 14 looks like Zammit and Watson all the way.
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15/03/2021 12:02:23 0 4
bbc
They both play on the right wing.
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15/03/2021 11:58:13 7 6
bbc
The writer of this piece must have spent a long time away from the screen making a cuppa to have missed Tom Curry's performance. Cowan-Dickie is up there with the best and be a better choice than George.. Remember Ken Owens was performing against a lack lustre Italian side. Hogg will also be on the radar. I hope the next article on Gatland's choices has more knowledgable insight of the game.
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Gaz
15/03/2021 12:02:44 4 1
bbc
I think my dog has more insight of the selection than this BBC "writer".
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15/03/2021 11:58:38 25 4
bbc
May be interesting to see if he takes anyone not involved in their National sides.

Simmonds and Smith both deserve a look.
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15/03/2021 12:03:15 4 1
bbc
He’s sure to, he will take the best to get the best results. Be that best ability, or good ability but the temperament to tour.
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15/03/2021 11:58:41 5 6
bbc
Presumably this article was written by an Englishman!
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Gaz
15/03/2021 12:03:19 1 5
bbc
Yes, probably with Slade or Ford in his name.
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15/03/2021 18:50:49 0 1
bbc
Something magical about four, I reckon: 4 games, 4 wins, 4 players worth a mention against 7 English players.
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15/03/2021 12:01:43 7 7
bbc
On the plane (if flying) Owens, Faletou, LRZ, Sexton, Beirne, H Watson , Hogg Curry, A Watson, Tupiric, Navidi, Wyn Jones, AWJ, Itoje, May, Ringrose, Stander.
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Bob
15/03/2021 12:03:50 9 1
bbc
Ringrose was pants yesterday.
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15/03/2021 11:56:58 4 4
bbc
Tadhg Beirne put a marker down
Johnny Sexton stood up and stayed up
Russel believes his own hype a little , a bit marmite for me
Hamish is always on it
The Scottish South African winger you gotta like
Itoje super maro is a ‘lock’ for the lions squad
Billy V , Antony Watson , Rees-Zammit , Red Ken , Tom Curry , AWJ should be on the plane
Sheedy

How many ref’s are we allowed?
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15/03/2021 12:04:03 2 1
bbc
His name is Duhan van de Merwe, and he probably played his way out. Bad positioning for first try, and several other mistakes.
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15/03/2021 11:38:06 7 7
bbc
Sinckler is a tight head, not a loosehead.

Kind of says it all really. A team that includes 7 players from an England side thats scrapping mid table and only 3 from the side going for a Grand Slam.
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15/03/2021 12:04:40 3 1
bbc
That kind of ratio seemed to work in NZ four years ago when Wales finished fifth in the table (not even scraping mid table) and supplied the second highest representation of players over Ireland. Wales also provided the backs coach from a side that was reluctant to score tries throughout the tournament.
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15/03/2021 11:58:38 25 4
bbc
May be interesting to see if he takes anyone not involved in their National sides.

Simmonds and Smith both deserve a look.
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Bob
15/03/2021 12:04:43 4 3
bbc
I think he will take Simmonds. Not many stand out 8s at the moment
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15/03/2021 13:19:45 3 3
bbc
Falatau and Stander's stats say otherwise
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15/03/2021 17:35:55 3 2
bbc
Faletau, CJ Stander might have a bit to say about that.
The Simmonds fan club can support a very good player all they want but would you take a player who has played NO test match rugby (albeit not through any fault of his own) for a long time on such a short tour where selection time is so compressed?
Even if he goes, he has to be very, very, very impressive to dislodge experienced internationals
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15/03/2021 11:30:43 5 8
bbc
Liam Williams must be nailed on at full back? Or will Stuart Hogg have something to say about that?

Russell at 10 surely?
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15/03/2021 12:04:59 1 3
bbc
Hogg and Williams take them both
Hogg has the wheels but is a little small
Williams is bit more of an all rounder and played well last tour but does occasionally leave an elbow out
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15/03/2021 11:47:09 34 17
bbc
Yeah, can't help but think Josh Adams played himself out of the team as well. Terrible finishing bungling an easy try scoring opportunity.

Considering how good LRZ is looking on the opposite wing, there's no chance of him making it.

11 & 14 looks like Zammit and Watson all the way.
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15/03/2021 12:05:06 2 2
bbc
Watson and LRZ on the wings all day long. Who would have in the centre? So many to chose from? I never thought id think of North as a centre option for the Lions
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15/03/2021 12:28:53 5 4
bbc
North did well in OZ. Scored a couple of test tries. I remember him making yards carrying the ball and an Aussie over his shoulder in Melbourne.
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15/03/2021 14:19:19 0 2
bbc
That's because you shouldn't Dave. I'm not sure you can read anything from games v Italy tbh. 8,9,10,12,13 up for grabs though. Don't envy anyone marking Kolbe.
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15/03/2021 14:24:13 0 4
bbc
He won’t be first choice 13 JD every time and dare I say it he’ll pick Farrell at 12 with Sexton inside him.
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15/03/2021 12:05:06 2 7
bbc
This is about right. Not one of the Scottish team deserve to be in the squad, never mind in the first team. Even Hogg looked extremely suspect under the high ball. He may make the tour as back up to Liam Williams or Keeney. Lack of depth in Scotland means they will be watching better players on the tv.
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15/03/2021 12:09:18 2 1
bbc
Hamish will be pushing for a place on the plane. Great player.
Idiot Removed
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15/03/2021 12:01:43 7 7
bbc
On the plane (if flying) Owens, Faletou, LRZ, Sexton, Beirne, H Watson , Hogg Curry, A Watson, Tupiric, Navidi, Wyn Jones, AWJ, Itoje, May, Ringrose, Stander.
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Gaz
15/03/2021 12:05:28 4 2
bbc
Furlong, North and LRZ will be on the plane
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15/03/2021 12:05:38 5 2
bbc
Gatland won’t just use playing form for the countries, he will look at anybody who is on form, but also will consider who would be the best tourers, ie with the right temperamental qualities to stand a SA tour, which is a hostile environment and requires clear heads and ability to operate under pressure, that pressure comes off the pitch as well as on it.
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kai
15/03/2021 12:35:37 2 1
bbc
He will also pick players he can trust and will suit his style of play. So people need to accept that and stop thinking what they want.. which for example is why It think he will pick CJ standar 100% guaranteed to be in the squad at the very least regardless
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15/03/2021 11:39:24 6 7
bbc
He hasn't in the last two tours, so why would he start now?
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15/03/2021 12:05:40 2 2
bbc
He hasn't?? Really??
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15/03/2021 12:05:47 4 7
bbc
Sutherland LCD Furlong
Ryan Itoje
Curry Simmonds Watson

Davies Biggar

Henshaw Slade

Rees-Zammit Williams Watson

George
Mako
Sinkler
Beirne
Tipuric
Youngs
Farrell
Hogg
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15/03/2021 12:12:55 3 3
bbc
A front row who was destroyed by the lions at the world cup final? Really?
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15/03/2021 12:05:48 6 7
bbc
England, Ireland, Wales have all shown over the years a winning mentality. A refusal to be beaten, with big plays produced at the death.Scotland have never shown that consistently in the entire history of the Six Nations.
Until they start winning games regularly, there will always be questions.
Scotland second from bottom in the table as per usual - Standard.
Lions-no Scots make it for me. Sorry!
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15/03/2021 13:05:18 2 1
bbc
Ridiculous what about the Scots who consistently play well in a not good side, Hamish Watson Hogg should be certainties, as gatland selects Russell probably won’t play.
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15/03/2021 12:06:31 46 12
bbc
Billy is not the best No8 in England and yet he still gets selected. As for the Lions, Falatau and Stander are heads above Billy in the pecking order. Where is Simmonds?
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15/03/2021 12:11:52 27 6
bbc
That what everyone is asking, i dont see why Billy would even be in the squad
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15/03/2021 12:31:01 3 3
bbc
Billy along with all of the Saracens players aren't match fit, he's probably more out of shape than all of them but none of them should be playing as they just aren't sharp enough with the lack of rugby.
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ET
15/03/2021 15:05:46 3 1
bbc
Nowhere. He was made to look lightweight by Dombrandt at the weekend. A good example of why he’s not getting picked.
720
15/03/2021 21:23:04 5 2
bbc
Billy Vunipola is nowhere near the Lions squad. Faletau and Stander streets ahead.
16/03/2021 21:22:24 0 0
bbc
Waiting for the call.
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15/03/2021 11:40:26 46 24
bbc
Tbh I’ve slowly but surely started to get a bit fed up of the lions concept. It is meant to be about 4 nations coming together to take on one of the SH giants.
Lately it has become more and more nationalistic (driven largely by certain elements of the media) who focus more on their own country’s players and how their countryman won the tour for the lions.
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15/03/2021 12:06:43 5 2
bbc
The media are a big problem in general. I like the lions but i agree with you that the media are largly to blame for hownit is perceived today
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15/03/2021 12:06:48 8 8
bbc
Russell ain't going.
Gatland wouldn't trust him to carry the water.
If Hogg (can't catch or tackle) goes he'll be on the wing for the Wednesday team.
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15/03/2021 12:12:13 4 3
bbc
Totally agree, Russell just doesn’t stay tuned in for 80+ minutes and he’s too mercurial for Gatland.
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15/03/2021 12:00:47 3 5
bbc
Problem is they failed to do that last time they met. SA said in world cup that their hardest battle was Wales.

Back row will be Navidi, Faletau and Watson
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Bob
15/03/2021 12:07:03 0 5
bbc
HAA NAvidi is rubish
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15/03/2021 12:13:45 2 2
bbc
as is your spelling and rugby knowledge. Try football.
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15/03/2021 12:07:45 9 2
bbc
Gatland has SO many options at 6,7 & 8. You could probably pick 4-5 world class combinations. It's looking like LRZ and Watson on either wing, with SH or LW are fullback. Henshaw has looked decent at 12 as has North at 13.

Could be the strongest Lions squad we've had for a while.
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15/03/2021 11:43:29 2 1
bbc
Something will probably happen, but any idea of it being anything approaching a standard tour is off. I'd guess the SA team coming to Europe with no club level games. No it won't be the same but then it never was going to be.
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15/03/2021 12:08:01 0 1
bbc
Ive read that the squad will be smaller, no dirt tracters, just the main guys. Only the main tests, aparently
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15/03/2021 12:01:43 7 7
bbc
On the plane (if flying) Owens, Faletou, LRZ, Sexton, Beirne, H Watson , Hogg Curry, A Watson, Tupiric, Navidi, Wyn Jones, AWJ, Itoje, May, Ringrose, Stander.
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15/03/2021 12:08:56 2 1
bbc
Not ringrose, weak yesterday and previously.
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15/03/2021 12:05:06 2 7
bbc
This is about right. Not one of the Scottish team deserve to be in the squad, never mind in the first team. Even Hogg looked extremely suspect under the high ball. He may make the tour as back up to Liam Williams or Keeney. Lack of depth in Scotland means they will be watching better players on the tv.
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15/03/2021 12:09:18 2 1
bbc
Hamish will be pushing for a place on the plane. Great player.
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15/03/2021 12:10:20 2 4
bbc
Anyone else notice that F.Russell didnt actually ground the ball, for his try? Ive seen his 3 times, not once do i see him grounding the ball. Yet another reason why i wouldnt even have F.Russell on the plain.
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15/03/2021 12:17:51 2 3
bbc
Just watched it again and he didnt ground it. Who ever the TMO was, had shocker
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15/03/2021 12:51:42 1 3
bbc
Yes, i called that in real time
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15/03/2021 14:31:49 0 1
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I've just looked at it again in slow motion and he does touch it down. You don't see it from the first angle but from the angle behind the goad line - Ireland Fan
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huw
15/03/2021 20:11:11 0 1
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I I Italy thought that, but watch the angle from behind the dead ball and clearly dabs it down quickly.
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15/03/2021 12:10:52 1 13
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The majority of the Lions squad is likely to be made up of England players - and so it was good that they were able to showe what they could do on Saturday against the second best team in the championship this year. But Gatland has also made it clear that he will be taking along some old stagers like Sexton and AWJ to help the midweek team - which has to be right. Should be a good tour
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15/03/2021 11:58:05 16 5
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It’s a nonsense article, who knows who Gatland will pick, one thing we do know is he isn’t scared of upsetting potential shoe-ins and being unpopular. Really not sure about Marco being a lions skipper, he’s a great player with an incredible workload, but as a leader who leads by example, I think the boks would look to target him, and you don’t really want your skipper in the bin?
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15/03/2021 12:11:01 7 18
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well on past selections no scots will be going - how to completely disenfranchise a nation again
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15/03/2021 12:40:17 9 2
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Perhaps not many Scots have been Lions quality, I still get flashbacks to the ‘93 tour when too many Scottish forwards were selected.....
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15/03/2021 12:11:04 2 2
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Only playing Scot likely to travel is probably Hogg, if he remains injury free.
Gatland will not change his criteria for selection which is right and proper, and yesterdays Scotland show will have done nothing to change his mind.
Ireland were better and more disciplined and would have given him a lot of food for thought, they tick a lot of Gatlands boxes, and it will show come selection time.
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15/03/2021 11:42:15 22 3
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Few players played themselves out of contention over weekend, Lowe for his defence again letting him done, Russell outplayed by Sexton, DVDM has bulk but lacking in top 2 inches. Scotland pack (except Watson) got out muscled.
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15/03/2021 12:11:27 8 2
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Were Lowe and DVDM in contention, really?
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15/03/2021 12:06:31 46 12
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Billy is not the best No8 in England and yet he still gets selected. As for the Lions, Falatau and Stander are heads above Billy in the pecking order. Where is Simmonds?
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15/03/2021 12:11:52 27 6
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That what everyone is asking, i dont see why Billy would even be in the squad
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15/03/2021 12:06:48 8 8
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Russell ain't going.
Gatland wouldn't trust him to carry the water.
If Hogg (can't catch or tackle) goes he'll be on the wing for the Wednesday team.
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15/03/2021 12:12:13 4 3
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Totally agree, Russell just doesn’t stay tuned in for 80+ minutes and he’s too mercurial for Gatland.
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15/03/2021 12:29:36 0 3
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100%, In club rugby he will make an absolute howler and then laugh it off like he doesn't really care and you can see some of the same attitude when he plays for Scotland. Cipriani least looked like he cared when he made a mess of things.
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15/03/2021 13:05:27 0 1
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Absolute tosh!
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15/03/2021 11:54:59 8 6
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Sexton’s best game for 2 years, FR too many errors for WG to start him at 10.

L Williams at 15 & SH on bench if you’re chasing a game. Hoggs defense is just too brittle.

H Watson , Faletau & T Curry look best of a very competitive back row.
Scots lineout woes hurt Grays case. Itoje & Ryan for me.

LCD at 2. Can’t base case for KO off an ok game vs a very weak Italy.

No obvious 9 still.
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15/03/2021 12:12:27 12 29
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L williams instead of Hogg, you are having a laugh
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15/03/2021 12:21:18 11 3
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Williams is much, much better defender than Hogg, just depends where Lions prioritise.
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15/03/2021 12:30:01 6 2
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Vs SA defense will be more important than attack & Hogg’s defense has been very shaky at times.

LW is better under the high ball , tackles better and his positional play is better.
Hogg is vastly better at open field running and exploiting poor defenses.
As these are likely to be close games were SA will test the lions defense & resolve often & vigorously Hogg is too big a risk to start.
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15/03/2021 12:12:48 6 15
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The bias towards English players in this article is palpable. England scraped a victory through a dubious try. No player showed themselves to be bankers for the Lions. Leave Vunipola, Farrell and others mentioned out of the squad. They are NOT playing well enough and shouldn't be considered. There are better players elsewhere. Watson , Itoje and Youngs are the only English players to consider.
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15/03/2021 12:25:50 2 1
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Dubious try ? lol the TMO overturned the ref's on field decision it was that clear.
As for those 3 being the only ones to consider unsure you can rule out the likes of Curry, Lawes, Ford, Slade, Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Sinckler, Genge, Underhill etc from the squad quite so easily.
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15/03/2021 13:06:49 0 1
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Not Youngs but Curry should be in squad. Back row an area of strength so might not make test team.
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15/03/2021 14:05:15 0 1
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Youngs would be way down the list of English players to consider - shouldn't even be in the England team, nevermind the Lions.
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15/03/2021 11:58:05 16 5
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It’s a nonsense article, who knows who Gatland will pick, one thing we do know is he isn’t scared of upsetting potential shoe-ins and being unpopular. Really not sure about Marco being a lions skipper, he’s a great player with an incredible workload, but as a leader who leads by example, I think the boks would look to target him, and you don’t really want your skipper in the bin?
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15/03/2021 12:12:50 3 3
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The same comments were made about Martin Johnson some years back!

It's always a gamble - you don't really know until someone does it. I certainly see Itoje as a potential future captain but there seems a boyishness about him at present. Not a bad thing - he is a young lad still - but it would need to be dropped if he were Captain.

He has a brain, a rugby brain, and a load of talent.
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15/03/2021 12:05:47 4 7
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Sutherland LCD Furlong
Ryan Itoje
Curry Simmonds Watson

Davies Biggar

Henshaw Slade

Rees-Zammit Williams Watson

George
Mako
Sinkler
Beirne
Tipuric
Youngs
Farrell
Hogg
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15/03/2021 12:12:55 3 3
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A front row who was destroyed by the lions at the world cup final? Really?
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15/03/2021 12:29:04 0 1
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Sinkler wasn't involved in any of the scrums, a good unit off the bench around the park, and match any of the home nations in the tight
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15/03/2021 12:13:03 8 9
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Johnny May has to be a shoe in
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PWL
15/03/2021 12:16:44 4 4
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Shoo in, not shoe in!
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15/03/2021 12:20:44 4 4
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Absolutely not. One trick poney.
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15/03/2021 13:59:19 2 4
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No, they have banned high jumping from rugby, so he is looking at the olympics instead.
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Bob
15/03/2021 12:07:03 0 5
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HAA NAvidi is rubish
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15/03/2021 12:13:45 2 2
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as is your spelling and rugby knowledge. Try football.
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15/03/2021 11:54:59 8 6
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Sexton’s best game for 2 years, FR too many errors for WG to start him at 10.

L Williams at 15 & SH on bench if you’re chasing a game. Hoggs defense is just too brittle.

H Watson , Faletau & T Curry look best of a very competitive back row.
Scots lineout woes hurt Grays case. Itoje & Ryan for me.

LCD at 2. Can’t base case for KO off an ok game vs a very weak Italy.

No obvious 9 still.
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15/03/2021 12:13:52 0 6
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Danny Care at 9? I've been thinking this about 9's and he's been the best of the eligible 9's recently, granted not on an international stage, but 80+ caps for England shows he's been there at least. Its an outside bet to say the least though! Don't think it'll happen.
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15/03/2021 11:47:23 2 2
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They were both bad - I was really rooting for Finn Russell at the start of the 6N but he has successfully played his way into a mid-week team that will probably not play any matches.
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AG
15/03/2021 12:14:47 2 1
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Russell was concussed by the time he took that penalty which went touch in goal. Should have been off for his HIA.
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15/03/2021 12:14:53 27 6
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Plenty of talent about, fighting for Lions places. Itoje should be a certainty, if it were based on ability only. However, needs to sort out his discipline and for that reason can't be considered as captain material for the tour.
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PWL
15/03/2021 12:18:05 29 39
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Only time Itoje was onside was when they sung the anthems.
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15/03/2021 12:19:39 4 1
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I don’t think Gats cared one little bit about him getting pinged a bit in one match
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15/03/2021 11:40:26 46 24
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Tbh I’ve slowly but surely started to get a bit fed up of the lions concept. It is meant to be about 4 nations coming together to take on one of the SH giants.
Lately it has become more and more nationalistic (driven largely by certain elements of the media) who focus more on their own country’s players and how their countryman won the tour for the lions.
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15/03/2021 12:14:57 9 15
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Agreed, especially as the NZ tour turned into a Wales development squad when the likes of Tomas Francis, Gareth Davis etc appearing on the scene.
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15/03/2021 11:39:24 6 7
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He hasn't in the last two tours, so why would he start now?
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15/03/2021 12:15:03 3 3
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oh dear, a wee red tinge to your reading glasses methinkd