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Watch: Former England Captain Martin Johnson Gives His Verdict On Potential Irish Lions

The 2017 Six Nations is where many a home nation hopeful will put his hand up for British and Irish Lions selection this year.

Former England captain and Lion Martin Johnson has now given his verdict on three Irish players vying for their place on the summer tour.

Johnson famously led England to the Rugby World Cup title back in 2003, when he put on a second row master class in their extra-time defeat of South Africa. He also is an eight-times capped Lion, with a 1997 series victory over the same southern nation to his name.

For Ireland rugby fans, however, he is probably best remembered for his ‘red carpet’ antics at Lansdowne Road in 2003 when he lined his side out on the left rather than the right side for their Six Nations clash with Ireland, a game England won 42-6.

His refusal to correct the error resulted in Ireland’s then president Mary McAleese being forced to walk in the mud to greet the Ireland team.

Martin Johnson

Now, long after his retirement from the international stage, Johnson was speaking during a British and Irish Lions promotional interview created by sponsors Standard Life Investments about the chances of some of Ireland’s top performing players of the current Six Nations campaign.

While he sees two as near shoo-ins for selection, a certain CJ Stander and Tadhg Furlong, another, Paddy Jackson, he feels needs just a little bit more work.

Take a look.

Video Credit: Standard Life Investments

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.