When the Lions tour New Zealand next summer, they will need power and mobility to overcome the mighty All Blacks.
That’s why I have gone with Iain Henderson in the second row alongside Maro Itoje, and Taulupe Faletau at six to offer extra dynamism in the backrow.
My team also includes four south sea islanders, who will love nothing more than to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand. Although most pundits believe Dylan Hartley will ultimately be selected as Captain, I have gone with Sam Warburton.
The Welsh openside offers continuity and has experienced the pressure of captaining the Lions in 2013. With Warren Gatland as head coach, and the success both he and Warburton have enjoyed together over the years, I don’t see why you would want to make a change.
Andy Goode, Pundit Arena