Lions Squad Prediction

Lions New Zealand

Tighthead

Probables: Tadhg Furlong (Ire), Dan Cole (Eng)

Possibles: Tom Francis (Wal)

Wildcard: Kyle Sinkler (Eng)

Apparently Harlequin Kyle Sinkler is on the plane. An excellent choice if true.

   

Hooker

Probables: Rory Best (Ire), Ken Owens (Wal)

Possibles: Dylan Hartley (Eng), Jamie George (Eng)

Wildcard: Richard Hibbard (Wal)

Rumour has it that out-of-favour Hibbard will tour.

   

Loosehead

Probables: Mako Vunipola (Eng), Jack McGrath (Ire)

Possibles: Joe Marler (Eng)

Wildcard: Cian Healy (Ire)

Joe Marler should tour but Gatland is a long term admirer of Healy.

   

Lock

Probables: Maro Itoje (Eng), Alun Wyn Jones (Wal)

Possibles: Joe Launchbury (Eng), Courtney Lawes (Eng), Donnacha Ryan (Ire)

Wildcard: Luke Charteris (Wal), George Kruis (Eng)

News today has suggested that Launchbury will not tour. Instead Gatland is going for George Kruis, despite his long term injury. There are also whispers that Inspector Gadget may be on the plane…

 

Flankers

Probables: CJ Stander (Ire), Justin Tipuric (Wal), Sam Warburton (Wal) – Captain

Possibles: Sean O’Brien (Ire), Peter O’Mahony (Ire)

Wildcard: James Haskell (Eng)

Haskell probably won’t tour.

   

Number 8

Probables: Billy Vunipola (Eng), Taulupe Faletau (Wal)

Possibles: Nathan Hughes (Eng)

Wildcard: Freddie Clarke (Eng)

Gloucester’s Freddie Clarke put his hand up last weekend with a monster performance.

   

Scrum-half

Probables: Conor Murray (Ire), Rhys Webb (Wal)

Possibles: Ben Youngs (Eng)

Wildcard: Richard Wigglesworth (Eng)

Don’t expect any surprises here.

     

Fly-half

Probables: Johnny Sexton (Ire), Owen Farrell (Eng)

Possibles: Dan Biggar (Wal), George Ford (Eng)

Wildcard: Finn Russell (Sco)

Dan Biggar shouldn’t go but many fear he will.

   

Centres

Probables: Robbie Henshaw (Ire), Jonathan Joseph (Eng), Jonathan Davies (Wal)

Possibles: Elliot Daly (Eng), Garry Ringrose (Ire)

Wildcard: Ben Te’o (Eng)

Shock as JJ looks set to miss out whilst Te’o looks to have a ticket. With Farrell selected as a Fly-half, Daly could be selected as a Centre.

     

Wings

Probables: George North (Wal), Anthony Watson (Eng)

Possibles: Tommy Seymour (Sco), Simon Zebo (Ire)

Wildcard: Jack Nowell (Eng), Christian Wade (Eng)

Fan-favourite Wade and the Premierships’s top try scorer would be quite the wildcard here.

 

Full-back

Probables: Stuart Hogg (Sco)

Possibles: Liam Williams (Wal)

Wildcard: Leigh Halfpenny (Wal)

Expect Williams to tour.

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