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Andy Goode Column: My British And Irish Lions Starting XV

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Brian O'Driscoll (R) and Paul O'Connell of the Lions raise Tom Richards Cup after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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.

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1. Mako Vunipola (England)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: England player Mako Vunipola in action during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
2. Dylan Hartley (England)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Dylan Hartley of England looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 14, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

3. WP Nel (Scotland)

during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

4. Maro Itoje (England)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Maro Itoje of England is pursued by Alex Cuthbert of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

5. Iain Henderson (Ireland)

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 11: Iain Henderson of Ireland is tackled by Bernard Le Roux of France during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
6. Taulupe Faletau (Wales)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Taulupe Faletau of Wales breaks with the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on September 26, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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7. Sam Warburton (Wales) Captain

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations
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8. Billy Vunipola (England)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Billy Vunipola of England is tackled by Jamie Heaslip of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
(Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
9. Rhys Webb (Wales)

during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on February 6, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.
during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on February 6, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.
10. Dan Biggar (Wales)

Australia v Wales - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015
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11. George North (Wales)

Wales v Australia - International Match
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12. Manu Tuilagi (England)

New Zealand v England
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13. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)

<> at Murrayfield Stadium on March 21, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

14. Anthony Watson (England)

England v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations
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