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If the Lions toured this summer, who is in your 23?

  • 28-05-2018 7:29am
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    Registered Users Posts: 19,225 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    As the topic says - who makes up your test side in a fictional 2018 tour to South Africa?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,169 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    Venjur wrote: »
    As the topic says - who makes up your test side in a fictional 2018 tour to South Africa?

    Furlong Healy Cronin Ryan Toner Jordi Leavy Sexton Henshaw Ringrose Kearney
    Murray Earls Stockdale aki

    Chris Ashton

    A load of Sarries and a few Scarlets

    Josh navidi


    Test 23 based on 2018 form sort of

    Mako Owens Furlong ryan itoje beirne Leavy Billy V
    Murray Sexton
    Stockdale Farrell Ringrose Earls handsome rob


    Healy George Lee toner armand Davies Ashton williams


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,519 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Neil3030


    I'm going to assume injured players can't feature, so:

    Mako V
    Owens
    Tadhg
    Ryan
    AWJ (c)
    Beirne
    Leavy
    Billy V
    Murray
    Sexton
    Stockers
    Bundee
    Ringrose
    Earls
    Kearney

    Best
    Healy
    Cole
    Henderson
    Stander
    Webb
    Farrell
    Williams


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,063 ✭✭✭✭ wp_rathead


    Ashton 15 anyway


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,582 ✭✭✭✭ stephen_n


    Don’t see Mako ahead of Healy, but those teams are too irishcentric. Think as good as Aki was for Ireland, Farrel would still start ahead of him, for the play making option. Stockdale had a fantastic season, but I’d still have Elliot Daly ahead of him if the lions toured this summer. I reckon Itoje would be ahead of Henderson too. Considering how dominant Ireland were this season though, it would be interesting to see if it reflected in Lions selections.


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    I suppose it depends who the coach would be!

    Eddie Jones would pick a very different team to Joe I think...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,225 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    I suppose it depends who the coach would be!

    Eddie Jones would pick a very different team to Joe I think...

    You can pick your coach and associated 23 if you like!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,930 jr86


    Mako was outstanding at the weekend but had an average 6n. The same for Itoje. I wonder is there trouble in the English camp as they've been their normal selves for their clubs

    I could see Healy starting with Mako impact sub. Billy V would definitely start if fit, and I'd be amazed if Farrell and Itoje didn't start if it was on this summer, regardless of 6n form

    Full back would be interesting. Could well have been Ashton alright. I think Earls would definitely start on the wing

    All in all it goes to show what a difference a year can make


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    Ah yeah sure why not

    Eddie Jones

    Mako
    Hartley (C)
    Furlong
    Itoje
    AWJ
    Beirne
    Leavy
    Billy V
    Murray
    Sexton
    Daly
    Farrell
    Davies
    Williams
    Watson



    Uncle Joe

    Healy
    Owens
    Furlong
    Ryan
    AWJ (c)
    POM
    Leavy
    Billy V
    Murray
    Sexton
    Stockdale
    Henshaw
    Ringrose
    Earls
    Kearney


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,169 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    stephen_n wrote: »
    Don’t see Mako ahead of Healy, but those teams are too irishcentric. Think as good as Aki was for Ireland, Farrel would still start ahead of him, for the play making option. Stockdale had a fantastic season, but I’d still have Elliot Daly ahead of him if the lions toured this summer. I reckon Itoje would be ahead of Henderson too. Considering how dominant Ireland were this season though, it would be interesting to see if it reflected in Lions selections.

    That tends to happen when a team has a slam to its name.


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,231 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    Neil3030 wrote: »
    I'm going to assume injured players can't feature, so:

    Mako V
    Owens
    Tadhg
    Ryan
    AWJ (c)
    Beirne
    Leavy
    Billy V
    Murray
    Sexton
    Stockers
    Bundee
    Ringrose
    Earls
    Kearney

    Best
    Healy
    Cole
    Henderson
    Stander
    Webb
    Farrell
    Williams

    Id have Gareth Davies before rhys Webb.
    Not sure Dan Cole has done anything to get into the 23 either. Either porter or berghan could be argued.
    Also, I personally would b he looking to have huw Jones involved somehow, but I suppose not at the loss of aki


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,225 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Neil3030 wrote: »
    I'm going to assume injured players can't feature, so:

    Mako V
    Owens
    Tadhg
    Ryan
    AWJ (c)
    Beirne
    Leavy
    Billy V
    Murray
    Sexton
    Stockers
    Bundee
    Ringrose
    Earls
    Kearney

    Best
    Healy
    Cole
    Henderson
    Stander
    Webb
    Farrell
    Williams

    Any shout for the likes of Cowan Dickey at hooker? What about Cronin by the way? Scoring his fair share of tries, set piece has been quite good and whilst his ground play isn't the best his link play has been excellent.

    I'd have Itoje in ahead of AWJ, he's found very good form in the latter stages of the season. I'd either start AWJ or leave him out of the 23. Henderson if fit would be a strong impact from the bench.

    I'd potentially put Daly in at full back and as others have said maybe Farrell at 12, loads of kicking options.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,225 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Ah yeah sure why not

    Eddie Jones

    Mako
    Hartley (C)
    Furlong
    Itoje
    AWJ
    Beirne
    Leavy
    Billy V
    Murray
    Sexton
    Daly
    Farrell
    Davies
    Williams
    Watson



    Uncle Joe

    Healy
    Owens
    Furlong
    Ryan
    AWJ (c)
    POM
    Leavy
    Billy V
    Murray
    Sexton
    Stockdale
    Henshaw
    Ringrose
    Earls
    Kearney

    From reading Planet Rugby I think Northampton fans reckon Hartley's career is over unfortunately.


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,231 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    Venjur wrote: »
    From reading Planet Rugby I think Northampton fans reckon Hartley's career is over unfortunately.

    He was very positive when commentating on the baa baas game yesterday. No attempt to dodge the question


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 30,309 Mod ✭✭✭✭ .ak


    Mako, Owens, Furlong, Ryan, AWJ, Shingler, Leavy, Billy V
    Murray, Sexton, Stockdale, Farrell, Williams, Earls, Kearney

    Bench: Hartley, Healy, Sinckler, Itoje, Simmonds, Davies, Henshaw, Larmour

    In that situation it’d be funny that the only survivor from the ‘09 tests would be Kearney... and AWJ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,225 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Coach: Gregor Townsend

    Vunipola
    Owens
    Furlong
    Itoje
    Ryan
    Barclay
    Leavy
    Vunipola
    Murray
    Sexton
    Earls
    Jones
    Ringrose
    Stockdale
    Hogg

    I admit that some of the decision above were to spread the jerseys around the various nations as well as the slight bias Townsend would have for Scottish players.

    Would there be general agreement that Earls and Stockdale would be locked in as starters? I find it hard to argue against to be honest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,473 ✭✭✭ Jump_In_Jack


    1. Rob Evans 2. Jamie George 3. Tadhg Furlong
    4. James Ryan 5. Devin Toner
    6. Tadhg Beirne 8. Billy Vunipola 7. Dan Leavy
    9. George Horne, 10. Johnny Sexton
    11. Jacob Stockdale, 12. Ben Te'o, 13. Robbie Henshaw, 14. George North
    15. Stuart Hogg

    16. Stuart McInally
    17. Cian Healy
    18. Harry Williams
    19. Joe Launchbury
    20. Jack Conan
    21. Conor Murray
    22. Owen Farrell
    23. Chris Ashton


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    Venjur wrote: »
    Would there be general agreement that Earls and Stockdale would be locked in as starters? I find it hard to argue against to be honest.

    I think Liam Williams might have a thing or two to say about that


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,282 ✭✭✭ Dubinusa


    Church
    Owen's
    Tadg
    launchbury
    Ryan
    Itoji
    Leavy
    Billy v
    Murray
    Sexton
    Stock
    Farrell
    Ringrose
    William's
    Hogg

    Mako, Cronin, Samson, hendo, shingler, youngs, Ford earls


  • Registered Users Posts: 588 ✭✭✭ baas baa


    Think Parkes would be in contention for a starting spot.


  • Registered Users Posts: 588 ✭✭✭ baas baa


    Feck it

    Mako
    Owens
    Furlong
    AWJ
    Ryan
    Not sure, possibly Shingler
    Leavy
    Billy
    Murray
    Sexton
    Stockdale
    Parkes
    Ringrose
    Watson
    Hogg

    Harsh on Earls but I think others in the back 3 would have more eye catching moments in the lesser games.


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