Pick your Lions XV and find out who impressed in latest games
22/03/2021 | sport | rugbyunion | 995
Pick your starting Lions XV as Alun Wyn Jones leads the captaincy race, Johnny Sexton shines at 10 and Louis Rees-Zammit lays claim on a starting spot.
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22/03/2021 06:21:53 4 1
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O'Stander should be in for sure, to be sure.
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22/03/2021 07:03:01 4 3
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I'm sure he'd love to finish his international career playing with all his mates (the ones he grew up with as well) on his home soil.
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22/03/2021 07:45:40 0 1
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He announced his retirement last week, and is going home
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22/03/2021 06:32:54 2 8
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Not much change over weekend for me.
Wyn Jones
Owens
Furlong
Itoje
Beirne
Curry
Watson
Faletau
Davies
Russell
Farrell
Henshaw
LRZ
Watson
Hogg

These could easily be swapped for above.
AWJ
Youngs
Tipuric
Navidi
Sexton
Biggar
Adams
May
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22/03/2021 06:35:05 0 3
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Ringrose not henshaw.
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grg
22/03/2021 07:36:16 7 1
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How can you pick Farrell
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22/03/2021 06:32:54 2 8
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Not much change over weekend for me.
Wyn Jones
Owens
Furlong
Itoje
Beirne
Curry
Watson
Faletau
Davies
Russell
Farrell
Henshaw
LRZ
Watson
Hogg

These could easily be swapped for above.
AWJ
Youngs
Tipuric
Navidi
Sexton
Biggar
Adams
May
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22/03/2021 06:35:05 0 3
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Ringrose not henshaw.
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22/03/2021 06:37:26 9 11
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I don’t envy the selectors. There are a lot of players available of a similar standard and who who would not let the side down. I fear, though, that Garland will pick too many Welsh and will bottle it by picking all the seemingly untouchable Saracens cabal.
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22/03/2021 12:52:48 3 3
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Aye gatland is a terrible coach with a dreadful lions record ??????
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22/03/2021 06:47:30 5 10
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Sutherland
Owens
Furlong
AWJ
Ryan
Watson
Tipuric
Faletau
Murray
Biggar
Adams
Henshaw
North
Rees-Zammit
Hogg
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22/03/2021 06:49:15 8 1
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*Beirne instead of Ryan
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22/03/2021 06:54:22 0 4
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You're obviously a joker ??
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22/03/2021 06:55:54 0 4
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So you're playing George North as outside centre and Adams as blindside wing?
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22/03/2021 06:47:30 5 10
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Sutherland
Owens
Furlong
AWJ
Ryan
Watson
Tipuric
Faletau
Murray
Biggar
Adams
Henshaw
North
Rees-Zammit
Hogg
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22/03/2021 06:49:15 8 1
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*Beirne instead of Ryan
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22/03/2021 06:47:30 5 10
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Sutherland
Owens
Furlong
AWJ
Ryan
Watson
Tipuric
Faletau
Murray
Biggar
Adams
Henshaw
North
Rees-Zammit
Hogg
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22/03/2021 06:54:22 0 4
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You're obviously a joker ??
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22/03/2021 06:47:30 5 10
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Sutherland
Owens
Furlong
AWJ
Ryan
Watson
Tipuric
Faletau
Murray
Biggar
Adams
Henshaw
North
Rees-Zammit
Hogg
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22/03/2021 06:55:54 0 4
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So you're playing George North as outside centre and Adams as blindside wing?
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22/03/2021 07:17:50 3 2
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What’s a blind side wing ...like a blind side second row ?
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22/03/2021 06:21:53 4 1
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O'Stander should be in for sure, to be sure.
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22/03/2021 07:03:01 4 3
bbc
I'm sure he'd love to finish his international career playing with all his mates (the ones he grew up with as well) on his home soil.
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22/03/2021 07:09:10 1 1
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He could help deciphering the lion out calls.

I had to go with the pun
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22/03/2021 07:03:55 2 8
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Lions
Wyn Jones
Ken Owens
Furlong
AWJ
Jonny Gray
Stander
Watson
Faletau
Murray
Sexton
Watson
Henshaw
North
LRZ
Hogg
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22/03/2021 07:08:14 0 1
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3 new BBC accounts and it's barely past 7am
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22/03/2021 07:03:55 2 8
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Lions
Wyn Jones
Ken Owens
Furlong
AWJ
Jonny Gray
Stander
Watson
Faletau
Murray
Sexton
Watson
Henshaw
North
LRZ
Hogg
11
22/03/2021 07:08:14 0 1
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3 new BBC accounts and it's barely past 7am
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22/03/2021 12:38:29 0 1
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Not in Norway! We are an hour ahead
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22/03/2021 07:03:01 4 3
bbc
I'm sure he'd love to finish his international career playing with all his mates (the ones he grew up with as well) on his home soil.
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22/03/2021 07:09:10 1 1
bbc
He could help deciphering the lion out calls.

I had to go with the pun
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22/03/2021 07:14:58 15 16
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I’m sorry but I find it highly unlikely that Scotland will get anymore than 2/3 players simply because Gatland will use past credentials more than current form (and a preference for welsh players). Given that I don’t know any Scots who are looking forward to the tour shows that it will likely be another nail to add to the coffin for lions support in scotland
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22/03/2021 07:29:19 21 7
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For Pete’s sake, the squad hasn’t even been picked let alone announced and the whining has already started.
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22/03/2021 07:45:16 8 2
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Well I am Scots and looking forward to it and see are all my friends
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22/03/2021 09:44:40 1 1
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' past credentials' thats the domain of Eddie Jones ...Gatland will pick like he always has the best as he sees it which I'm sure will include more than 2/3 Scots with Watson and the 2 Simpson brothers only English ...the rest Red and Green
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22/03/2021 11:09:57 0 1
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The Scots have a great chance against France to prove they could be Lions. If they win, then Gatland will take notice. Maybe it’s like this for all Lions series but we are v strong in some areas (back row) but lacking elsewhere. If Scotland had a scrum half as good as H Watson is a flanker, he would be a certain Test starter. Watson is brilliant but is competing with at least 3 brilliant flankers.
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22/03/2021 11:18:10 0 1
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VDM, Watson, Hogg and J Gray that's 4 I'd say play the right style rugby at a very high level, WP Nel could be a decent call up if we get injuries
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22/03/2021 06:55:54 0 4
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So you're playing George North as outside centre and Adams as blindside wing?
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22/03/2021 07:17:50 3 2
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What’s a blind side wing ...like a blind side second row ?
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22/03/2021 07:36:14 0 5
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A winger who plays on the blindside, like a blindside flanker.

You already knew this.
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22/03/2021 07:20:08 0 1
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Tadhg Bernie has played mostly at lock his whole career, but he’s only an option as a backrow in the pick your XV. Daft
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22/03/2021 07:26:30 2 1
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Fit like loon?
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22/03/2021 07:20:08 0 1
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Tadhg Bernie has played mostly at lock his whole career, but he’s only an option as a backrow in the pick your XV. Daft
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22/03/2021 07:26:30 2 1
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Fit like loon?
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22/03/2021 09:28:28 0 1
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So, C J Stander is in so he can have his Sunset Song on home soil.
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22/03/2021 07:14:58 15 16
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I’m sorry but I find it highly unlikely that Scotland will get anymore than 2/3 players simply because Gatland will use past credentials more than current form (and a preference for welsh players). Given that I don’t know any Scots who are looking forward to the tour shows that it will likely be another nail to add to the coffin for lions support in scotland
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22/03/2021 07:29:19 21 7
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For Pete’s sake, the squad hasn’t even been picked let alone announced and the whining has already started.
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22/03/2021 07:43:15 5 6
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He's not wrong though. Scotland have had one poor game all tournament, against Ireland. The battered England and they outplayed Wales until the red card. I believe Gatland looks for more 'efficient' players which means the likes of Russell will likely miss out. He likes solid, efficient players. Effective but generally boring to watch.
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22/03/2021 11:48:38 1 1
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When it comes to whining it is important to do a warm up.One should not be underprepared for a good whine.
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22/03/2021 07:31:45 7 3
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Gatland will most likely pick over 50 percent percent Welsh with England and Ireland making up 45 percent and Scotland will get maybe 3 or 4 players TOPS

would like to see Sam Simmonds on tour aswell
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22/03/2021 11:42:21 3 2
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Scotland isolates itself with it's weird playstyle being hard to integrate into the team. Hogg, VDM, Ritchie, J Gray, Watson should be on the plane with maybe WP Nel called up if an injury replacement needed.
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22/03/2021 07:33:54 10 13
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1. Wyn Jones
2. Ken Owens
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. Beirne
7. Watson ( too impressive to miss out)
8. Sam Simmonds
9. G Davies
10. Russell
11. A Watson
12. Henshaw
13. Huw Jones ( if he has another excellent game on Friday)
14. LRZ
15. Hogg
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22/03/2021 08:32:05 1 2
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Great side!
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22/03/2021 09:51:31 2 1
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Gray?????
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22/03/2021 10:36:04 1 1
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You can equally say Tipuric is too impressive to miss out.
Gray - have in the squad but don't think he's first choice
Huw Jones - great attack but it was Italy & his defence is suspect
I do like the look of the team though - be exciting
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22/03/2021 11:40:58 0 1
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To much Scotland weird style to make for a stable team, swap 10 to Biggar or Sexton, I'd swap out 13 not sure who to, put Van de Merwe on 11
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grg
22/03/2021 07:34:36 7 10
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Sexton and Bigger for the 10 role
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22/03/2021 07:17:50 3 2
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What’s a blind side wing ...like a blind side second row ?
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22/03/2021 07:36:14 0 5
bbc
A winger who plays on the blindside, like a blindside flanker.

You already knew this.
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22/03/2021 06:32:54 2 8
bbc
Not much change over weekend for me.
Wyn Jones
Owens
Furlong
Itoje
Beirne
Curry
Watson
Faletau
Davies
Russell
Farrell
Henshaw
LRZ
Watson
Hogg

These could easily be swapped for above.
AWJ
Youngs
Tipuric
Navidi
Sexton
Biggar
Adams
May
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grg
22/03/2021 07:36:16 7 1
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How can you pick Farrell
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22/03/2021 07:33:54 10 13
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1. Wyn Jones
2. Ken Owens
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. Beirne
7. Watson ( too impressive to miss out)
8. Sam Simmonds
9. G Davies
10. Russell
11. A Watson
12. Henshaw
13. Huw Jones ( if he has another excellent game on Friday)
14. LRZ
15. Hogg
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22/03/2021 07:41:36 1 3
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Nope

Same account

Just my personal thoughts
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22/03/2021 07:41:04 10 16
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If u pick anything but russell at 10

I don’t think rugby is for you my friend
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22/03/2021 07:44:19 5 1
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Weill I would love to see him there but it's my opinion and i don't denigrate those who disagree
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22/03/2021 07:41:36 1 3
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Just my personal thoughts
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22/03/2021 07:44:29 0 3
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Yeah apologies. You've picked some English players.
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22/03/2021 07:29:19 21 7
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For Pete’s sake, the squad hasn’t even been picked let alone announced and the whining has already started.
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22/03/2021 07:43:15 5 6
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He's not wrong though. Scotland have had one poor game all tournament, against Ireland. The battered England and they outplayed Wales until the red card. I believe Gatland looks for more 'efficient' players which means the likes of Russell will likely miss out. He likes solid, efficient players. Effective but generally boring to watch.
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22/03/2021 09:59:09 6 2
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This is classic re-imagining of events. Scotland were great vs England & deserved winners but they didn't administer a battering even if they should have.
Scotland played well vs Wales but by the time of the red card Wales were 2 points behind & were on their way. The red was probably partly due to the pressure being exerted on Scotland
In reality I'd hope to see 5/6 Scots in the squad
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22/03/2021 07:41:04 10 16
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If u pick anything but russell at 10

I don’t think rugby is for you my friend
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22/03/2021 07:44:19 5 1
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Weill I would love to see him there but it's my opinion and i don't denigrate those who disagree
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22/03/2021 07:41:36 1 3
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Nope

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Just my personal thoughts
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22/03/2021 07:44:29 0 3
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Yeah apologies. You've picked some English players.
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22/03/2021 07:14:58 15 16
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I’m sorry but I find it highly unlikely that Scotland will get anymore than 2/3 players simply because Gatland will use past credentials more than current form (and a preference for welsh players). Given that I don’t know any Scots who are looking forward to the tour shows that it will likely be another nail to add to the coffin for lions support in scotland
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22/03/2021 07:45:16 8 2
bbc
Well I am Scots and looking forward to it and see are all my friends
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22/03/2021 07:57:26 2 9
bbc
Well all the best to you, but you don’t speak for the majority
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22/03/2021 06:21:53 4 1
bbc
O'Stander should be in for sure, to be sure.
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22/03/2021 07:45:40 0 1
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He announced his retirement last week, and is going home
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22/03/2021 09:20:57 0 1
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If the tour actually happens in SA he would get a free flight home.
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22/03/2021 07:46:15 8 11
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I’d love the Lions to be chosen from all four nations, but I honestly don’t think many Eng or Scot players have played their way on to the tour during 6Ns. At the start of the tournament I’d have put Itoje and May as certainties, but both were quiet (as was Ire’s Ryan - another pre-6N fave)
The only nailed on Lions based upon 6N showing;
Rees-Zam
Henshaw
Beirne
Henderson
AWJ
Furlong
Owens
North
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22/03/2021 09:38:06 0 1
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Seriously, you are having a laugh
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22/03/2021 11:29:42 0 1
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Behave yourself.
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22/03/2021 07:53:30 7 4
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Jones, Jones, Davies, Davies, Watson, Watson, Russell, Cattle, Ford, Rivers, Pugh, McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb.
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22/03/2021 09:45:47 3 1
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That’s ridiculous mate. You can’t leave Evans and Jones out munn!!!!
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23/03/2021 18:22:39 0 0
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I would take the second Pugh brother as well
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22/03/2021 07:54:53 20 10
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Gatland getting criticised for his selection before it’s made! Too many Welsh I hear. Remind me about the 6 nations table again?
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22/03/2021 08:19:07 17 12
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Apparently the reason he doesn’t choose many Scots is that they crumble under pressure especially away from home. Remind you of anyone on Saturday night Geralit?
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22/03/2021 08:39:35 2 13
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Wales: Last 16 months: Played 15. Lost 8. Won 7 (Italy x2, Georgia)

3 red cards and a dodgy ref.

England. Played 14. Won 10. Lost 4.

Form is temporary. Class is permanent.
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22/03/2021 09:23:36 1 2
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Well I’ve picked 10 Welshmen which is probably going OTT but they will make up the biggest part of the team with England providing their lowest number ever because Gatland will not pick on reputation.
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22/03/2021 07:56:14 5 12
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I'd simply add Henderson and Beirne to the Wales starting 15.
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22/03/2021 08:24:17 17 3
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I know Wales sometimes play with 16, but having 17 on the pitch is a bit much.
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22/03/2021 08:41:39 1 6
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The same 15 that has played 15, lost 8 and won 7 (with Italy x2 and Georgia as part of that 7)??!?? 3 red cards and a dodgy french ref.

And suddenly you’re world beaters. Last time I checked when you didn’t have all sorts of luck you were losing every game a matter of months ago. Nothings changed apart from playing against 14 men or with 16 if you count the ref in the England game! ????
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22/03/2021 07:45:16 8 2
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Well I am Scots and looking forward to it and see are all my friends
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22/03/2021 07:57:26 2 9
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Well all the best to you, but you don’t speak for the majority
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22/03/2021 08:02:08 13 2
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No I only can speak for myself and those i have asked. I can't speak for the majority or nor would I (not had time to ask all 5.5 million of us yet)
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22/03/2021 07:57:48 2 1
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It's the squad selection that players will be looking at rather than team selection. I suspect most people's teams will be in the squad.

The question is which players will miss out on the squad selection?

There is strength in depth at second row and back row so will be some disappointed players.
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22/03/2021 09:17:16 1 1
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But you won’t need a big squad because there won’t be a tour if anything it will be 3 games against SA in the UK which the Lions want underwriting by the UK government.
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22/03/2021 07:57:26 2 9
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Well all the best to you, but you don’t speak for the majority
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22/03/2021 08:02:08 13 2
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No I only can speak for myself and those i have asked. I can't speak for the majority or nor would I (not had time to ask all 5.5 million of us yet)
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22/03/2021 08:17:49 0 12
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Fair enough, I’ll reign it in.
Even if the Scots had 10/11 players on the squad, most countries fans are supporting the own players rather than whole team. Go onto walesonline and some fans are saying they wouldn’t support the lions if there were no welsh in the team, let alone a handful in the squad because they are repulsed at supporting a team full of English. What does that say about the lions
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22/03/2021 08:05:39 10 15
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1. Wyn Jones
2. Ken Owens
3. Furlong
4. AWJ
5. Henderson
6. Beirne
7. Stander
8. Faletau
9. Murray
10. Sexton
11. A Watson
12. Henshaw
13. North
14. LRZ
15. Hogg
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22/03/2021 08:43:34 2 9
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No Itoje. Murray and Sexton, who are in decline save for one decent match against England, were poor all tournament. Stander is retiring. Falateau isn’t even the best 8 in Wales. AWJ is also on the decline and would be lucky to make the bench.
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22/03/2021 08:55:09 0 1
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Stander at open side....????????????????
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22/03/2021 09:17:50 0 1
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Very decent- combinations will be key but I'd find a spot for Curry.
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22/03/2021 09:35:27 0 1
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A comedian
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22/03/2021 08:14:09 17 2
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Gatland needs to be more expansive so needs to pick a balanced squad. He shows a slight biased towards the Welsh but they’ve done well, I believe there should be pretty even distribution of nationalities. Not worried about where teams have finished in the 6 nations but pick players in form.
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22/03/2021 08:21:50 14 1
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I’d say the teams with most players in form have had better results.
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22/03/2021 11:06:23 2 1
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i agree on picking players on form, with any national team. but with the lions, based on form, they would be hardly any english in there.
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22/03/2021 11:13:32 9 1
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Not sure why people think Gatland is biased.....

...for Wales and the Lions he’s dropped major players..... ask Adam Jones, Mike Phillips or BOD

...Gatland got loads of flack when Irish coach for capping a posh young centre from Dublin when other people couldn’t see his talent.... he also ended that players Lions career because the time was right and it benefited the team... Brian O’Driscoll
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22/03/2021 08:02:08 13 2
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No I only can speak for myself and those i have asked. I can't speak for the majority or nor would I (not had time to ask all 5.5 million of us yet)
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22/03/2021 08:17:49 0 12
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Fair enough, I’ll reign it in.
Even if the Scots had 10/11 players on the squad, most countries fans are supporting the own players rather than whole team. Go onto walesonline and some fans are saying they wouldn’t support the lions if there were no welsh in the team, let alone a handful in the squad because they are repulsed at supporting a team full of English. What does that say about the lions
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22/03/2021 08:49:28 18 1
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It says more about those individuals than the lions in my opinion. Last tour I was sat in my local next to a Welshman , loads of English people and a few Scots and Irish . No seemed to care a jot who the points were scored by and i believe the same thing will occur in the summer
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22/03/2021 09:45:25 9 1
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I mean using Walesoline as a reference to Anything is just Stupid. It’s a total trash rag that’ll put anything in its pages to get a story. I’m Welsh and I will gladly support whoever I’d picked for the Lions , no matter if I agree with selection or not & I would assume all true Rugby fans would do the same.
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22/03/2021 10:39:21 3 1
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What a load of tripe. Trolls fuelling the usual animosity posting up a few stupid comments doesn't speak for millions of avid Welsh British Lions fans. For me, the Lions is bigger and a chance to see the best of British match up against the best teams.
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22/03/2021 07:54:53 20 10
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Gatland getting criticised for his selection before it’s made! Too many Welsh I hear. Remind me about the 6 nations table again?
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22/03/2021 08:19:07 17 12
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Apparently the reason he doesn’t choose many Scots is that they crumble under pressure especially away from home. Remind you of anyone on Saturday night Geralit?
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22/03/2021 08:32:24 5 6
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History tells us he’s right about the Scots though. France away was always going to be tough for us. Well played the French I say. But picking on form I don’t think it unfair to expect a sizeable Welsh representation.
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22/03/2021 12:19:19 5 1
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Still better than crumbling for the entire match! Remind you of anyone "rather concerned?"
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23/03/2021 08:39:58 0 0
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Well they can show Gatland what they are made of on Friday night.
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23/03/2021 17:44:25 0 0
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Yes, the Scots will put that lie firmly to bed on Friday
(excited Welsh supporter!).
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22/03/2021 08:14:09 17 2
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Gatland needs to be more expansive so needs to pick a balanced squad. He shows a slight biased towards the Welsh but they’ve done well, I believe there should be pretty even distribution of nationalities. Not worried about where teams have finished in the 6 nations but pick players in form.
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22/03/2021 08:21:50 14 1
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I’d say the teams with most players in form have had better results.
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22/03/2021 08:22:21 2 10
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Sadly the lions ethos of all four nations together has started to fade as some fans will only support team if they have one of their country men in team. Go onto walesonline and some fans are saying they wouldn’t support the lions if there were no welsh in the team, let alone a handful in the squad because they are repulsed at supporting a team full of English. What does that say about the lions
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22/03/2021 09:06:38 9 1
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You clearly have issues, and are trying to justify that by trawling other sites, and claiming the views of some you find there, are common. They do not speak for all Welsh fans, as you do not speak for all Scots. Any single English or Irish fan doesn’t speak for a nation either.
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22/03/2021 09:12:16 3 1
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A lot of these so called fans are just tele warriors never been to a rugby match,definitely never played and just normally spout bile and nonsense and are usually a big England hater.
I’ve seen all the top teams play and been in the bar with their supporters afterwards win or lose and it’s all about respect and enjoyment something a lot of tv warriors don’t understand.
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22/03/2021 09:33:05 0 5
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Not to mention the fans from Scotland, Wales and Ireland who don't see themselves as "British" anyway.
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22/03/2021 09:40:49 6 1
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I disagree. I'm Welsh and supported the Lions tours in the 90s and early 00s where only a handful of Welsh players toured and very few were in the first XV. Obviously I would have preferred to have seen a few more Welsh players on the tours but it is a combined GB & Ire team. You want to see the best of all 4 nations come together, regardless of nationality.
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22/03/2021 16:07:06 2 0
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“Some fans” - give us a break! I remember the Woodward Lions who were nearly all English and the Lions were massively supported in Wales and in the travelling hordes. If you love rugby you will support the Lions - if not go and watch football.
44
22/03/2021 08:23:21 75 20
bbc
Too many people picking Watson or May on the wing. They haven't done a thing all tourney! VDM and LRZ streets ahead at the moment
52
22/03/2021 08:37:19 26 20
bbc
I would add maitland, he's been impressive as well.
74
22/03/2021 09:02:49 3 2
bbc
They’ve never had the ball just been involved in a kick chase both are excellent attacking runners and that’s what’s so frustrating about England you know exactly what’s coming.
82
22/03/2021 09:11:37 27 1
bbc
Unfair on Watson who has been brilliant with the little ball he gets.
209
22/03/2021 11:15:28 0 1
bbc
Those were my picks by a long shot
293
22/03/2021 12:54:43 7 10
bbc
Right, May didn't have the finish of the tournament...

And LRZ is a great prospect but he lacks experience at this level. VDM isn't good enough to get in the Springboks - isn't that why he plays for Scotland?
312
22/03/2021 13:10:35 1 2
bbc
An abundance of riches on the wing.

But, before everyone gets all romantic about the Lions and some Corinthian aesthetic. Gat's is the coach!

So pragmatism will be the word and the wings are likely to the ones deemed safest defensively and under bombs.
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LH
22/03/2021 14:18:27 0 5
bbc
You are joking!!!!
Nowell gets in, if fit, too!!
378
22/03/2021 14:22:16 5 3
bbc
LRZ totally. VDM: not a Lions starter for me.
389
22/03/2021 14:37:35 2 0
bbc
I admit I am biased but it wasn't much of a stretch to select a starting 15 without a single English representative
419
22/03/2021 15:10:26 0 1
bbc
Watson has been class amongst mediocrity. Lions starter for me
468
VOR
22/03/2021 16:19:34 0 0
bbc
No outside back would do well for England when all we do is kick the ball away
680
22/03/2021 21:02:46 1 0
bbc
As a Scot, VDM has too many flaws yet for a too international winger - ball in wrong hand, poor decision making, weak defence
806
23/03/2021 10:58:55 0 0
bbc
They havn't had the ball!
966
23/03/2021 22:09:42 0 0
bbc
LRZ, really. he seems good but time will tell. He has only had 5 games
34
22/03/2021 07:56:14 5 12
bbc
I'd simply add Henderson and Beirne to the Wales starting 15.
45
-_-
22/03/2021 08:24:17 17 3
bbc
I know Wales sometimes play with 16, but having 17 on the pitch is a bit much.
107
22/03/2021 09:32:34 1 1
bbc
Oooh sour!
46
22/03/2021 08:29:01 24 7
bbc
Time to see if the Lions tour is fit for purpose in the 21st century. England have failed all their tests against home nation opposition, comprehensively actually. That is the first time since 1976 according to the BBC. If the Lions Tour is to continue as a modern and successful tournament we need to see the selections reflect form and results.
445
22/03/2021 15:48:51 8 2
bbc
Welsh fan - I think that is unfair on England. Certainly the Saracens players being undercooked didn't help them, and arguably Eddie Jones didn't select the best on-form.
That said, Gatland has to pick the 'best' - his dilemma , will be the same as Eddie Jones - do the Saracens players we'd expect to make the squad - have enough game time/are on form - to justify selection.
512
22/03/2021 17:06:54 8 2
bbc
Nonsense! The England squad you are dismissing contested a WC final, dismantling the All Blacks en route. They won the Autumn jug and last year's championship. During a poor campaign, they were the only home nation to beat France (until Friday?). There will be a better Lions team if Gatland combines form and pedigree to blend his side, instead of relying on your prejudices.
575
22/03/2021 18:25:45 1 0
bbc
Form from now until May must be included in the overall reckoning.
579
jay
22/03/2021 18:27:28 3 1
bbc
The selections last time bore no resemblance to form even Scotland beat Wales in the 6 Nations yet the team was made up of Welshmen, nothing going to be different this time only there is some justification for selecting some Welsh at least
894
23/03/2021 17:11:54 1 0
bbc
pick french players......
47
22/03/2021 08:29:55 3 13
bbc
Got to be split out with mostly Welsh & Irish and a couple of English players and leave it at that, job done. Bring anyone else we will get hammered over there.
58
22/03/2021 08:45:01 6 12
bbc
The same Welsh players that have played 15, lost 8 and won 7 (Italy x2, Georgia in that 7)?!? ??????

England played 14. Won 10. Lost 4.

Form is temporary. Class is permanent.

Also playing against 14 men or having a dodgy ref is also permanent as well.
59
22/03/2021 08:46:15 6 1
bbc
Could arguably put a few Scots in there? Hamish Watson, Finn Russell, Hogg?
111
22/03/2021 09:34:27 0 1
bbc
Sounds like you are hammered already
Idiot Removed
19
22/03/2021 07:33:54 10 13
bbc
1. Wyn Jones
2. Ken Owens
3. Furlong
4. Itoje
5. J Gray
6. Beirne
7. Watson ( too impressive to miss out)
8. Sam Simmonds
9. G Davies
10. Russell
11. A Watson
12. Henshaw
13. Huw Jones ( if he has another excellent game on Friday)
14. LRZ
15. Hogg
48
22/03/2021 08:32:05 1 2
bbc
Great side!
41
22/03/2021 08:19:07 17 12
bbc
Apparently the reason he doesn’t choose many Scots is that they crumble under pressure especially away from home. Remind you of anyone on Saturday night Geralit?
49
22/03/2021 08:32:24 5 6
bbc
History tells us he’s right about the Scots though. France away was always going to be tough for us. Well played the French I say. But picking on form I don’t think it unfair to expect a sizeable Welsh representation.
67
22/03/2021 08:54:55 7 10
bbc
We're you watching the games? - Wales were not very good at all. Scraping past 14 man teams and getting tries that should have been disallowed does not make them an in form team :-D
50
22/03/2021 08:33:26 74 7
bbc
As an England fan, the only player I see having at impact for the Lions is Anthony Watson.

All the other England players are either not good enough or give away far too many penalties....
57
22/03/2021 08:43:42 33 19
bbc
Honestly, England have been too poor to expect anyone in the test team. Watson has only done what several other wingers have done in this 6 nations. He will only be included if gatland wants a token englishman. He has never been good on tokenism.
73
22/03/2021 09:00:16 6 10
bbc
What has Anthony Watson done to get in? Welsh, Irish and Scottish wingers all performed better
159
22/03/2021 10:11:54 11 1
bbc
As an Ireland fan, Jonnie May has earned a call up. Even though wrong footed for Earl's try he was in the right place to get England consolation try. Lots of competition on the wings but he'll travel.
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Gaz
22/03/2021 11:09:06 8 7
bbc
Watson is world class
295
22/03/2021 12:57:27 3 1
bbc
That's harsh on some pretty good players, particularly Curry, Slade, Youngs, George, May, Ford going forward. Part of England's problem is how Jones demands they play with his ridiculous "impact" and "commitment". If they were able to play more intelligently there wouldn't be so many penalties.
315
22/03/2021 13:15:06 4 3
bbc
The plan:
Play crap in 6 nation
Gatland picks Wales basically for the Lions
All come back knacked
England fresh for World Cup
Simple
319
22/03/2021 13:23:42 0 8
bbc
As an Englishman the only 2 England players I'd have are Tuilagi & Lawes if they're fit
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AB
22/03/2021 21:30:46 0 0
bbc
Agreed...the one English ray of sunshine in a dismal team performance..great to have him back ..shame he didn't get more ball ...
Curry played well...
Itoje is likely to be in the plans too...bug his cards are marked now...
Sam Simmonds might go as the wildcard choice...
51
22/03/2021 08:36:10 21 9
bbc
Watson plus any two from Curry, Faletau, CJ Stander if he'll accept, Tipuric, or Ritchie.
Furlong, Owens and Wyn Jones first choice front three, with George, Sutherland and Francis/Sinkler as back up.
Hardy and Russell as halfbacks, Sexton, Biggar and Conor Murray as options. Welsh back three plus Hogg.
North and Henshaw in the centre,
Ryan, Jonny Gray, Beirne as locks.
Alun Wyn must captain.
97
22/03/2021 09:26:02 3 3
bbc
Very close to my choices, although as an alternative option Simmonds?
238
ian
22/03/2021 11:49:30 0 1
bbc
Hardy! Totally agree even in his one game shows the most potential of all the home nations scrum halves!
380
22/03/2021 14:25:48 2 1
bbc
navidi will go
gatland rates him
382
22/03/2021 14:32:05 0 1
bbc
Underhill? He is outstanding when fit.
524
22/03/2021 17:20:29 0 0
bbc
You have done well, but missed Iain Henderson.
And I'd prefer Fagerson or Porter as back up at tight head.
Real shame Fraser Brown was injured.
Dark horse - John Cooney.
44
22/03/2021 08:23:21 75 20
bbc
Too many people picking Watson or May on the wing. They haven't done a thing all tourney! VDM and LRZ streets ahead at the moment
52
22/03/2021 08:37:19 26 20
bbc
I would add maitland, he's been impressive as well.
208
22/03/2021 11:15:10 1 2
bbc
He is very good absolutely deserves to be on bench
219
22/03/2021 11:24:25 5 2
bbc
Sean Maitland went through a fairly poor spell for a while and I was sure he was on a very shoogly peg but he's been very impressive both on the wing and as replacement full back in the Six Nations. I think he'd be a fine assert for The Lions.
309
22/03/2021 13:09:54 2 5
bbc
He's miles behind from a Scottish fan
411
22/03/2021 15:04:26 1 1
bbc
Just been dropped by Scotland for their last game against France!!
503
22/03/2021 16:58:02 0 0
bbc
Experienced enough by now not to hack off the Head Coach when replaced!
33
22/03/2021 07:54:53 20 10
bbc
Gatland getting criticised for his selection before it’s made! Too many Welsh I hear. Remind me about the 6 nations table again?
53
22/03/2021 08:39:35 2 13
bbc
Wales: Last 16 months: Played 15. Lost 8. Won 7 (Italy x2, Georgia)

3 red cards and a dodgy ref.

England. Played 14. Won 10. Lost 4.

Form is temporary. Class is permanent.
94
22/03/2021 09:22:58 5 1
bbc
Trouble is Billy, the Welsh hiccup in results has past whilst England are currently going through theirs. In fairness to our English cousins it’s unfortunate that EJ chose some key players who lack game time and therefore results suffered. WG has the best headache possible however and that’s brilliant. To make it a tad harder for him however, I dearly want Scotland to turn over France on Friday.
338
22/03/2021 13:53:30 3 2
bbc
Class is permanent ? England half the points total of Wales and with a minus points deficit ! give your head a shake bud .
34
22/03/2021 07:56:14 5 12
bbc
I'd simply add Henderson and Beirne to the Wales starting 15.
54
22/03/2021 08:41:39 1 6
bbc
The same 15 that has played 15, lost 8 and won 7 (with Italy x2 and Georgia as part of that 7)??!?? 3 red cards and a dodgy french ref.

And suddenly you’re world beaters. Last time I checked when you didn’t have all sorts of luck you were losing every game a matter of months ago. Nothings changed apart from playing against 14 men or with 16 if you count the ref in the England game! ????
55
22/03/2021 08:41:45 0 2
bbc
Of the names I just gave, Beirne, Hamish Watson and LRZ the first on the team sheet.
Hardy and Russell is a combination that will bring a spark to the backs, Biggar, Sexton or Farrell would me too methodical, in my view.
38
22/03/2021 08:05:39 10 15
bbc
1. Wyn Jones
2. Ken Owens
3. Furlong
4. AWJ
5. Henderson
6. Beirne
7. Stander
8. Faletau
9. Murray
10. Sexton
11. A Watson
12. Henshaw
13. North
14. LRZ
15. Hogg
56
22/03/2021 08:43:34 2 9
bbc
No Itoje. Murray and Sexton, who are in decline save for one decent match against England, were poor all tournament. Stander is retiring. Falateau isn’t even the best 8 in Wales. AWJ is also on the decline and would be lucky to make the bench.
140
22/03/2021 09:51:34 2 1
bbc
Yep no Itoje. Did he play on Saturday?
142
22/03/2021 09:52:16 2 1
bbc
Which part of Murray and Sexton were in decline on Saturday? ??
50
22/03/2021 08:33:26 74 7
bbc
As an England fan, the only player I see having at impact for the Lions is Anthony Watson.

All the other England players are either not good enough or give away far too many penalties....
57
22/03/2021 08:43:42 33 19
bbc
Honestly, England have been too poor to expect anyone in the test team. Watson has only done what several other wingers have done in this 6 nations. He will only be included if gatland wants a token englishman. He has never been good on tokenism.
110
22/03/2021 09:34:01 7 7
bbc
Really ask a Scots fan about WG favouritism over tokenism, silly comment
294
22/03/2021 12:54:52 7 2
bbc
If we are going for tokenism Gatts may be better off picking an Englishman who's not playing for England, they're in much better form! :D
47
22/03/2021 08:29:55 3 13
bbc
Got to be split out with mostly Welsh & Irish and a couple of English players and leave it at that, job done. Bring anyone else we will get hammered over there.
58
22/03/2021 08:45:01 6 12
bbc
The same Welsh players that have played 15, lost 8 and won 7 (Italy x2, Georgia in that 7)?!? ??????

England played 14. Won 10. Lost 4.

Form is temporary. Class is permanent.

Also playing against 14 men or having a dodgy ref is also permanent as well.
63
22/03/2021 08:50:52 5 2
bbc
someone is obviously pulling your goat Billy.....only a fool would select a team based on reputation and not form....oh dear that's Eddie isn't it ? I think you may need to open your eyes and recognise we are not as good as you think we are. There will be plenty of English in the squad but less than Irish or Welsh....Frankly I trust Warren to get it right
80
22/03/2021 09:09:36 0 2
bbc
??????????????????????????????????????????
98
PWL
22/03/2021 09:26:17 0 1
bbc
You didn't day that last year when England topped the table. Are you Eddie Jones?
103
22/03/2021 09:28:20 2 2
bbc
Do your research before just bleating results..Wales experimented in the Autumn internationals and 9 of the 1st that lost to England are no where to be seen now. There was no luck needed beating England. They are in disarray with Jones coaching them
114
22/03/2021 09:37:00 2 2
bbc
No, the same Welsh players who have had the physicality and game to beat SA for a few years and were able to take SA to the wire in the WC semi final 18 months ago. I recall the same English players had no answer to SA in the WC final. The Lions series is against SA, not NZ where the opposite occurred. I would agree that having the the Class to beat or get close to SA is more important than form.
336
22/03/2021 13:49:40 0 1
bbc
If class is permanent then let's solve the scrum half problem with Gareth Edwards!
47
22/03/2021 08:29:55 3 13
bbc
Got to be split out with mostly Welsh & Irish and a couple of English players and leave it at that, job done. Bring anyone else we will get hammered over there.
59
22/03/2021 08:46:15 6 1
bbc
Could arguably put a few Scots in there? Hamish Watson, Finn Russell, Hogg?
64
22/03/2021 08:51:50 0 8
bbc
Hogg maybe but Fun russell! No thank you! Huge liability and over rated sorry!!!
60
22/03/2021 08:48:39 11 2
bbc
Thinking of the scotland players (forwards first), our front row has been good. Fagerson would have been there for sure but for the red card. Our locks stood a chance, but were dismantled against Ireland. Gray might go. In the back row, Watson has been immense, and I actually rate Ritchie above him. Both could go.
61
22/03/2021 08:48:45 45 4
bbc
As an English fan, I can’t justify any England players being picked. Watson possibly, but even then it’s probably because he stood out in a poor team.

Lots of Welsh lads deserve a spot, and I think an even amount of Scots and Irish.
Cameron Redpath looked great, shame he got injured.
72
22/03/2021 08:59:42 44 20
bbc
As a Welshman I think Itoje, Curry , Underhill,Simmonds and Watson should be in the 1st team squad
247
22/03/2021 11:56:23 5 1
bbc
And as a Scottish fan, Scotlands rugby style is so different from the rest it kind of blocks us out from many picks, still could see a good 4 or 5 on the plane
968
23/03/2021 22:12:04 0 0
bbc
What? Have you missed Curry, Itoje, Underhill both Simmonds, Watson, May
40
22/03/2021 08:17:49 0 12
bbc
Fair enough, I’ll reign it in.
Even if the Scots had 10/11 players on the squad, most countries fans are supporting the own players rather than whole team. Go onto walesonline and some fans are saying they wouldn’t support the lions if there were no welsh in the team, let alone a handful in the squad because they are repulsed at supporting a team full of English. What does that say about the lions
62
22/03/2021 08:49:28 18 1
bbc
It says more about those individuals than the lions in my opinion. Last tour I was sat in my local next to a Welshman , loads of English people and a few Scots and Irish . No seemed to care a jot who the points were scored by and i believe the same thing will occur in the summer
58
22/03/2021 08:45:01 6 12
bbc
The same Welsh players that have played 15, lost 8 and won 7 (Italy x2, Georgia in that 7)?!? ??????

England played 14. Won 10. Lost 4.

Form is temporary. Class is permanent.

Also playing against 14 men or having a dodgy ref is also permanent as well.
63
22/03/2021 08:50:52 5 2
bbc
someone is obviously pulling your goat Billy.....only a fool would select a team based on reputation and not form....oh dear that's Eddie isn't it ? I think you may need to open your eyes and recognise we are not as good as you think we are. There will be plenty of English in the squad but less than Irish or Welsh....Frankly I trust Warren to get it right
99
22/03/2021 09:26:23 1 1
bbc
The biggest mistake Jones made was picking the sarries players who were woefully short on match time. If you seriously think that come mid summer, after game time, the likes of George and the Vunipolas won’t be in the frame then you’re a tad bit blinkered.

An Irish side who have been poor. A Welsh side that have had results masked by red cards and a dodgy ref - yes, I trust WG to get it right!!
59
22/03/2021 08:46:15 6 1
bbc
Could arguably put a few Scots in there? Hamish Watson, Finn Russell, Hogg?
64
22/03/2021 08:51:50 0 8
bbc
Hogg maybe but Fun russell! No thank you! Huge liability and over rated sorry!!!
70
22/03/2021 08:58:49 2 2
bbc
Lay off the Irish stuff. Finn all day
122
22/03/2021 09:41:53 0 1
bbc
He is the most ‘French’ player you have so prob should be in there ??
65
22/03/2021 08:53:46 4 6
bbc
Jones, Davies, Evans, Smith, Jones, Murphy, McGinty, McTavish, McCavity, McGillicuddy, O'Toole, O'Brien, O'Blarney, Obladee, Obladah
71
22/03/2021 08:59:27 1 1
bbc
It's too early for sherbets surely?
133
22/03/2021 09:48:23 0 1
bbc
Brilliant.
66
22/03/2021 08:54:15 7 6
bbc
The backs now...
Scrum halves have been OK. Not test, but maybe backup. Russel is the sort of player you get out of bed at 3am to watch, really must start. Huw Jones has found his mojo and is a great strike runner. Redpath could have had the impact of lrz if he hadn't gotten injured. Of the back 3, hogg and maitland should go. Vdm may go, but is a bit one dimensional...
425
22/03/2021 15:17:55 1 0
bbc
Are you Scottish by any chance??
49
22/03/2021 08:32:24 5 6
bbc
History tells us he’s right about the Scots though. France away was always going to be tough for us. Well played the French I say. But picking on form I don’t think it unfair to expect a sizeable Welsh representation.
67
22/03/2021 08:54:55 7 10
bbc
We're you watching the games? - Wales were not very good at all. Scraping past 14 man teams and getting tries that should have been disallowed does not make them an in form team :-D
38
22/03/2021 08:05:39 10 15
bbc
1. Wyn Jones
2. Ken Owens
3. Furlong
4. AWJ
5. Henderson
6. Beirne
7. Stander
8. Faletau
9. Murray
10. Sexton
11. A Watson
12. Henshaw
13. North
14. LRZ
15. Hogg
68
22/03/2021 08:55:09 0 1
bbc
Stander at open side....????????????????
83
22/03/2021 09:12:02 0 1
bbc
He played there on Saturday against England ??
69
22/03/2021 08:56:28 129 19
bbc
As a proud Englishman, AWJ must be captain, he demands respect and has truly earnt it.

OF must not tour unless with the dirt-trackers, he isn't a 10 and can't play 12. End of.
75
22/03/2021 09:05:49 60 116
bbc
AWJ ? Where was his leadership in the last 10 minutes against France when it really mattered? Two yellow cards, could have been three. Should have been a penalty try. Their whole tournament went at that point in time
77
22/03/2021 09:08:02 4 13
bbc
Nail on the head ... ??
155
22/03/2021 10:02:48 2 1
bbc
Agree. Pivac made a mistake with his substitutions for the first time. With Wales under the cosh he brought on relative inexperience and that's not AWJ's fault. This was the one occasion when while Wales were in control, Owens, Davies and, in particular, Biggar who was having his best game in Wales shirt for a long time were taken off. Gatland wouldn't have made that mistake.
246
22/03/2021 11:54:50 4 5
bbc
Sexton first choice for me, as a Scot. He really has grown so much as a player and leader.
304
22/03/2021 13:07:00 0 9
bbc
AWJ has just had his swan song
314
22/03/2021 13:12:48 1 6
bbc
From a leadership point of view AWJ should be in the squad but dont think he gets in the team ahead of Itoje, Henderson or Ryan.
349
LH
22/03/2021 14:06:54 0 7
bbc
Oh dear! He is WAY past his best!! He will NOT even make the starting XV!!! Can you REALLY see him selected in front of Itoje and Ryan???
64
22/03/2021 08:51:50 0 8
bbc
Hogg maybe but Fun russell! No thank you! Huge liability and over rated sorry!!!
70
22/03/2021 08:58:49 2 2
bbc
Lay off the Irish stuff. Finn all day
65
22/03/2021 08:53:46 4 6
bbc
Jones, Davies, Evans, Smith, Jones, Murphy, McGinty, McTavish, McCavity, McGillicuddy, O'Toole, O'Brien, O'Blarney, Obladee, Obladah
71
22/03/2021 08:59:27 1 1
bbc
It's too early for sherbets surely?
253
22/03/2021 12:06:06 0 1
bbc
Don't call me Shirley!
61
22/03/2021 08:48:45 45 4
bbc
As an English fan, I can’t justify any England players being picked. Watson possibly, but even then it’s probably because he stood out in a poor team.

Lots of Welsh lads deserve a spot, and I think an even amount of Scots and Irish.
Cameron Redpath looked great, shame he got injured.
72
22/03/2021 08:59:42 44 20
bbc
As a Welshman I think Itoje, Curry , Underhill,Simmonds and Watson should be in the 1st team squad
251
22/03/2021 12:03:07 3 2
bbc
Squad yes, not starting.
Itoje is class but had a poor 6N. Henderson, Byrne, Gray, Ryan, Jones all ahead of him.
Curry gives it his all but failed to have the impact of his first few seasons
Underhill injured, Simmonds untested at international level.
Watson is class and might start, but hard to tell. He's not ahead of Hogg as FB, and winger's a crowded field.
638
22/03/2021 19:53:10 2 0
bbc
Not Itoje. Penalties 1st. Good decisions last.
50
22/03/2021 08:33:26 74 7
bbc
As an England fan, the only player I see having at impact for the Lions is Anthony Watson.

All the other England players are either not good enough or give away far too many penalties....
73
22/03/2021 09:00:16 6 10
bbc
What has Anthony Watson done to get in? Welsh, Irish and Scottish wingers all performed better
44
22/03/2021 08:23:21 75 20
bbc
Too many people picking Watson or May on the wing. They haven't done a thing all tourney! VDM and LRZ streets ahead at the moment
74
22/03/2021 09:02:49 3 2
bbc
They’ve never had the ball just been involved in a kick chase both are excellent attacking runners and that’s what’s so frustrating about England you know exactly what’s coming.
69
22/03/2021 08:56:28 129 19
bbc
As a proud Englishman, AWJ must be captain, he demands respect and has truly earnt it.

OF must not tour unless with the dirt-trackers, he isn't a 10 and can't play 12. End of.
75
22/03/2021 09:05:49 60 116
bbc
AWJ ? Where was his leadership in the last 10 minutes against France when it really mattered? Two yellow cards, could have been three. Should have been a penalty try. Their whole tournament went at that point in time
85
22/03/2021 09:14:43 13 4
bbc
Before asking AWJ - ask Pivac about why he cleared the bench and took the rest of the leadership team off ? Owens ? Biggar ? Davies ?

Then ask Liam Williams what he was doing for his Yellow Card ? Brain Fart ? Petulance ?

Along with Faleteau - that was 5 senior players all off the park in that final 10 mins.
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22/03/2021 09:22:40 8 4
bbc
Who else should it be?
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22/03/2021 09:25:37 16 9
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Oh, Per-lease, just put your Barbour on and tuck into your prawn sandwiches while sipping your G&T.
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22/03/2021 09:35:03 21 5
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It really mattered in every other minute he played throughout the tournament. Wales weren't given a chance, but I think they did rather well (annoyingly with my English hat on).

With my Lions hat on, there is no-one I'd rather see lead them. He has the utmost respect from his peers, true fans and perhaps most importantly the guy with the whistle!
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22/03/2021 09:38:32 11 31
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He’s not guaranteed to even make the starting 15. Itoje and Henderson for me to start at 4 and 5.
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22/03/2021 09:47:46 18 4
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A desperate attempt to find something / anything negative about AWJ.
As a leader you set an example & say what you want to happen. If a player loses focus or cool that's their responsibility.
You're captain not babysitting
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22/03/2021 09:49:23 16 5
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You haven’t got a clue.
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22/03/2021 10:25:14 8 4
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Are you bleeding serious?
Pray explain to the forum why you think it was lack of leadership in the last 10 mins when Fra desperately were throwing the kitchen sink at them?.

Pivac possibly shouldn't have taken Gareth Davies or Biggar off under the leadership of AWJ, Wales "probably" played the best 40 mins of 6Ns rugby over the last 10 maybe 20 years
You're correct Wales should have had a pen try
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22/03/2021 10:33:19 9 2
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Harry, you overlook that fact that with pressure comes mistakes and France deserve credit fir the last ten minutes.
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22/03/2021 11:03:45 3 2
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But he was in a GS chasing position so must of done good things to get that far......
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22/03/2021 11:33:23 1 3
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Hello Harry he has still led Wales to the championship even though they didn’t get the Slam
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22/03/2021 12:51:32 6 16
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Wales flattered to deceive. Red cards against Ireland & Scotland and the most bizarre half of reffing against England I have ever seen. Lots of good players but nobody outstanding.
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LH
22/03/2021 14:07:17 1 4
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SHOULD have been THREE Yellow cards!!!!
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22/03/2021 16:17:03 5 0
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So Wales miss out on a Grand Slam with the last play of their last game and according to you it's AWJ's fault for lack leadership.

Well I can't say what I want to say to you as such a comment would be removed straight away.

However, AWJ's leadership is a big part of why Wales came so tantalisingly close to achieving what would have been a sensational success for a team who many had written off.
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EJ
22/03/2021 18:37:05 1 0
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Who would you suggest? He can only do so much as captain. Individuals make errors and that’s what happened. It’s sport,things go wrong. Taking too many old heads off too soon and replacing them with the inexperienced contributed to what happened.
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22/03/2021 08:22:21 2 10
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Sadly the lions ethos of all four nations together has started to fade as some fans will only support team if they have one of their country men in team. Go onto walesonline and some fans are saying they wouldn’t support the lions if there were no welsh in the team, let alone a handful in the squad because they are repulsed at supporting a team full of English. What does that say about the lions
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22/03/2021 09:06:38 9 1
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You clearly have issues, and are trying to justify that by trawling other sites, and claiming the views of some you find there, are common. They do not speak for all Welsh fans, as you do not speak for all Scots. Any single English or Irish fan doesn’t speak for a nation either.
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22/03/2021 08:56:28 129 19
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As a proud Englishman, AWJ must be captain, he demands respect and has truly earnt it.

OF must not tour unless with the dirt-trackers, he isn't a 10 and can't play 12. End of.
77
22/03/2021 09:08:02 4 13
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Nail on the head ... ??
78
22/03/2021 09:08:43 26 2
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Dupont at 9 - the best scrum half in the 6Ns. Reckon he has Irish heritage Ant O’ Inedupont.
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22/03/2021 11:08:50 5 2
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I like it.....

...like the footballer Tony O’Cascarine
509
22/03/2021 17:04:48 0 0
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Hasn't he got a Scottish Grannie!
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22/03/2021 18:54:52 0 0
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It's Ant Daipont.
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22/03/2021 09:09:28 4 1
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Sir Clive was honest enough to admit he selected his first team before the boat set sail...we need to make sure we have the right squad before we pick the test team....just looked at my squad...of the 34, Wales have the most representatives with almost 40%...the rest are evenly distributed
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22/03/2021 08:45:01 6 12
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The same Welsh players that have played 15, lost 8 and won 7 (Italy x2, Georgia in that 7)?!? ??????

England played 14. Won 10. Lost 4.

Form is temporary. Class is permanent.

Also playing against 14 men or having a dodgy ref is also permanent as well.
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22/03/2021 09:09:36 0 2
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??????????????????????????????????????????
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22/03/2021 09:10:35 149 5
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It beggars belief that Farrell, who is not even Englands first choice at 10 and has to make do with playing at 12, is being talked about as one of the picks at 10 for the Lions. - Why? - If he is not considered above Ford in the England pecking order, why should he suddenly leapfrog Ford as a possible 10 for the Lions. - Surely Sexton, Biggar and Russell are the 3 obvious choices.
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22/03/2021 11:14:43 55 6
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As a Scotland fan I think Russell's playstyle isnt something that easily fits into a team, I'd say Sexton starts though Biggar is also incredible
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22/03/2021 12:53:05 3 31
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In terms of attacking play Ford is the best fly half in the tournament. But his defence remains suspect and he's not a regular kicker. If you want to score tries though, he's the man.
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22/03/2021 13:06:07 3 2
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Cos he can boot the crap out of it?

That's what the lions game plan will be.

Better creative 10's than Faz? Ford, Smith and Simmonds, and that's just the English lads.

But Gat's is not looking for creative brilliance (he'd take a punt on Russell if he was), he is looking for safety first field position and slotting penalties. So Sexton will start and Faz will be there as cover.
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22/03/2021 16:14:59 4 0
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As John Lennon said when he was asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world - he replied, "he's not even the best drummer in the Beatles".
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22/03/2021 16:31:33 7 3
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Only 1 english player as far as i can see and that is itoje.not one of the others is good enough for the Lions.farrell isnt good enough to get in the italian side let alone any one else.
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22/03/2021 17:47:41 2 1
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He won't start at ten, but I guess he offers positional diversity and despite his poor performs as a 12 I guess his passing is better than north's and tuilagi who are too similar. I really hope Jd isn't overlooked, he was the lions best performer in New Zealand and his subtlety and technical ability will be invaluable on a lions tour.
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22/03/2021 18:20:58 0 0
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Sexton.
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22/03/2021 20:56:21 2 1
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Agree entirely. Farrell’s supposed mentality is apparently his added value - how’s that worked out for his teams this season?
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23/03/2021 15:13:04 1 0
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Farrell would be a near dead cert if he could just come on and take the goal kicks. Sorry, he has issues with distribution, out of hand kicks, tackling and, dare one say it, captaincy.
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Dan
23/03/2021 20:55:10 0 0
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Last time I said that the Sarries fans piled into me. He hasn't played really well for a couple of years now and should stay at home to rest for the next Championship campaign!
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22/03/2021 08:23:21 75 20
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Too many people picking Watson or May on the wing. They haven't done a thing all tourney! VDM and LRZ streets ahead at the moment
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22/03/2021 09:11:37 27 1
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Unfair on Watson who has been brilliant with the little ball he gets.
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22/03/2021 09:21:24 3 1
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Agreed. That’s been the story of the Scottish backs over the over the period of the last 2/3 Lions tours. Glimpses of brilliance but little ball to play with. Unfortunately as history shows few of them got picked.
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22/03/2021 09:48:58 2 1
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I'd agree - Watson has looked good & certainly deserves a spot
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22/03/2021 08:55:09 0 1
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Stander at open side....????????????????
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22/03/2021 09:12:02 0 1
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He played there on Saturday against England ??
43
22/03/2021 08:22:21 2 10
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Sadly the lions ethos of all four nations together has started to fade as some fans will only support team if they have one of their country men in team. Go onto walesonline and some fans are saying they wouldn’t support the lions if there were no welsh in the team, let alone a handful in the squad because they are repulsed at supporting a team full of English. What does that say about the lions
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22/03/2021 09:12:16 3 1
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A lot of these so called fans are just tele warriors never been to a rugby match,definitely never played and just normally spout bile and nonsense and are usually a big England hater.
I’ve seen all the top teams play and been in the bar with their supporters afterwards win or lose and it’s all about respect and enjoyment something a lot of tv warriors don’t understand.
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22/03/2021 09:05:49 60 116
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AWJ ? Where was his leadership in the last 10 minutes against France when it really mattered? Two yellow cards, could have been three. Should have been a penalty try. Their whole tournament went at that point in time
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22/03/2021 09:14:43 13 4
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Before asking AWJ - ask Pivac about why he cleared the bench and took the rest of the leadership team off ? Owens ? Biggar ? Davies ?

Then ask Liam Williams what he was doing for his Yellow Card ? Brain Fart ? Petulance ?

Along with Faleteau - that was 5 senior players all off the park in that final 10 mins.
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22/03/2021 09:28:45 15 21
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Williams yellow card was wrong two yellow together come on, also Wales denied a penalty try, ask any Welsh supporter and they would have taken 4 wins in this tournament, Wales have snatched a win in final minute of games plenty of times so cant complain. The whole team played well ref just got card happy towards the end.
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22/03/2021 13:20:29 6 1
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LW's yellow card was clearly not an off feet incident as called by the ref. The ref messed up.
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LH
22/03/2021 14:08:24 0 3
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Williams is a LOOSE cannon!! Always has a 'brain furt'; he is dim!!!
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-_-
22/03/2021 07:57:48 2 1
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It's the squad selection that players will be looking at rather than team selection. I suspect most people's teams will be in the squad.

The question is which players will miss out on the squad selection?

There is strength in depth at second row and back row so will be some disappointed players.
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22/03/2021 09:17:16 1 1
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But you won’t need a big squad because there won’t be a tour if anything it will be 3 games against SA in the UK which the Lions want underwriting by the UK government.
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22/03/2021 09:17:24 2 7
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My 15: From a Cardiff Lad perspective

1 Sutherland
2 Owens
3 Furlong
4 Itoje
5 Jones
6 Bierne
7 Curry
8 Stander

9 Davies
10 Sexton
11 Watson
12 Davies
13 Henshaw
14 LZR
15 Hogg

Bench

H Watson
Faletau
North
Tipuric
George
Murray
Furlong
Wyn Jones
Bigger
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22/03/2021 09:45:17 0 3
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Duhan for LRZ, surely Russell makes the bench too?
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22/03/2021 11:19:32 0 1
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Excellent athlete with a surprising side step but even Tadgh will be tired when he comes on to replace himself. On a serious note you don’t have any second row cover.
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22/03/2021 08:05:39 10 15
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1. Wyn Jones
2. Ken Owens
3. Furlong
4. AWJ
5. Henderson
6. Beirne
7. Stander
8. Faletau
9. Murray
10. Sexton
11. A Watson
12. Henshaw
13. North
14. LRZ
15. Hogg
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22/03/2021 09:17:50 0 1
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Very decent- combinations will be key but I'd find a spot for Curry.
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22/03/2021 09:49:44 0 1
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Curry is a good call, it’s just so difficult in the back row and nothing between these guys. I’ve got for some bulk v SA ??
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22/03/2021 09:19:44 0 1
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Who are your bolters? Any uncapped possibles?
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22/03/2021 11:25:15 2 2
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Rufus McLean. Not many Scotsmen get to beat 7 Welshmen and run the length of the park in Cardiff.
Semi serious kidding aside unfortunately Lions tours are no longer the place for bolsters any more. The one exception is Sam Simmonds, I would happily shuffle anyone else off the plane to give him a seat.
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22/03/2021 07:45:40 0 1
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He announced his retirement last week, and is going home
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AG
22/03/2021 09:20:57 0 1
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If the tour actually happens in SA he would get a free flight home.
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23/03/2021 17:37:05 0 0
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O'Stander's a stone cold cert...the Lions will only have to pay for a one-way ticket.
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22/03/2021 09:11:37 27 1
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Unfair on Watson who has been brilliant with the little ball he gets.
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22/03/2021 09:21:24 3 1
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Agreed. That’s been the story of the Scottish backs over the over the period of the last 2/3 Lions tours. Glimpses of brilliance but little ball to play with. Unfortunately as history shows few of them got picked.
75
22/03/2021 09:05:49 60 116
bbc
AWJ ? Where was his leadership in the last 10 minutes against France when it really mattered? Two yellow cards, could have been three. Should have been a penalty try. Their whole tournament went at that point in time
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22/03/2021 09:22:40 8 4
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Who else should it be?
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22/03/2021 09:22:47 1 2
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Harsh, but I can't pick Curry because he is not a lineout option. SA have a brilliant lineout and with Tadgh Beirne and Falatau in the back row, Curry isn't an option.

Sorry, I do like Curry, but pick a team to beat The Boks.
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22/03/2021 18:42:51 0 0
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Beirne is a second row first and foremost. Underhill and Curry in the backrow with Falatau at 8 for me. We only need 3 line-out options. Some great options in the backrow though tbh. I suspect Gatland to go with speed and heft. Hamish Watson might not be his cup of tea
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22/03/2021 08:39:35 2 13
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Wales: Last 16 months: Played 15. Lost 8. Won 7 (Italy x2, Georgia)

3 red cards and a dodgy ref.

England. Played 14. Won 10. Lost 4.

Form is temporary. Class is permanent.
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22/03/2021 09:22:58 5 1
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Trouble is Billy, the Welsh hiccup in results has past whilst England are currently going through theirs. In fairness to our English cousins it’s unfortunate that EJ chose some key players who lack game time and therefore results suffered. WG has the best headache possible however and that’s brilliant. To make it a tad harder for him however, I dearly want Scotland to turn over France on Friday.
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22/03/2021 07:54:53 20 10
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Gatland getting criticised for his selection before it’s made! Too many Welsh I hear. Remind me about the 6 nations table again?
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22/03/2021 09:23:36 1 2
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Well I’ve picked 10 Welshmen which is probably going OTT but they will make up the biggest part of the team with England providing their lowest number ever because Gatland will not pick on reputation.
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22/03/2021 09:05:49 60 116
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AWJ ? Where was his leadership in the last 10 minutes against France when it really mattered? Two yellow cards, could have been three. Should have been a penalty try. Their whole tournament went at that point in time
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22/03/2021 09:25:37 16 9
bbc
Oh, Per-lease, just put your Barbour on and tuck into your prawn sandwiches while sipping your G&T.
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22/03/2021 13:08:46 0 4
bbc
Bit of a 1980s reply!
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22/03/2021 08:36:10 21 9
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Watson plus any two from Curry, Faletau, CJ Stander if he'll accept, Tipuric, or Ritchie.
Furlong, Owens and Wyn Jones first choice front three, with George, Sutherland and Francis/Sinkler as back up.
Hardy and Russell as halfbacks, Sexton, Biggar and Conor Murray as options. Welsh back three plus Hogg.
North and Henshaw in the centre,
Ryan, Jonny Gray, Beirne as locks.
Alun Wyn must captain.
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22/03/2021 09:26:02 3 3
bbc
Very close to my choices, although as an alternative option Simmonds?
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22/03/2021 12:17:53 0 1
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I see Simmons becoming a lion before and England player
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22/03/2021 16:45:53 0 0
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Simmonds would not be discussed if he’d played for England in this 6N. They’d have finished 5th and he too would of looked average. Fortunately Gatland will pick on the individuals ability to mold into his game plan and their ability to perform in a decent team.

Still expect 7/8 English players to be selected in-spite of the teams 5th place finish.
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22/03/2021 08:45:01 6 12
bbc
The same Welsh players that have played 15, lost 8 and won 7 (Italy x2, Georgia in that 7)?!? ??????

England played 14. Won 10. Lost 4.

Form is temporary. Class is permanent.

Also playing against 14 men or having a dodgy ref is also permanent as well.
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PWL
22/03/2021 09:26:17 0 1
bbc
You didn't day that last year when England topped the table. Are you Eddie Jones?
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22/03/2021 08:50:52 5 2
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someone is obviously pulling your goat Billy.....only a fool would select a team based on reputation and not form....oh dear that's Eddie isn't it ? I think you may need to open your eyes and recognise we are not as good as you think we are. There will be plenty of English in the squad but less than Irish or Welsh....Frankly I trust Warren to get it right
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22/03/2021 09:26:23 1 1
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The biggest mistake Jones made was picking the sarries players who were woefully short on match time. If you seriously think that come mid summer, after game time, the likes of George and the Vunipolas won’t be in the frame then you’re a tad bit blinkered.

An Irish side who have been poor. A Welsh side that have had results masked by red cards and a dodgy ref - yes, I trust WG to get it right!!
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22/03/2021 17:04:03 0 0
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Who will they be playing to find their international form? Itoje will go. Not sure about the others
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22/03/2021 09:26:34 3 5
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15 Hogg
14 A Watson
13 Ringrose
12 Henshaw
11 Rees-Zammit
10 Russell
9 Youngs
1 W Jones
2 Owens
3 Furlong
4 A Wyn Jones
5 Itoje
6 Stander
7 H Watson
8 Faletau
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22/03/2021 09:43:44 2 3
bbc
Would swap Zammit for Duhan, he’s maybe not quite as fast but his ability to steamroll defenders is insane. Sure him being able to speak Afrikaans would help too
145
22/03/2021 09:56:05 0 6
bbc
Russell has been a disaster all tournament
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22/03/2021 09:56:24 0 1
bbc
Ben Youngs ??????????