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Ronan O’Gara Rules Out Jonathan Sexton And Owen Farrell Both Starting For Lions

With the Lions’ first Test against the All Blacks looming large on the horizon, the focus turns to the starters on the side.

One of the most fascinating areas for the potential Test side is the midfield. However, it remains to be seen which approach Warren Gatland will take.

Will he opt for a traditional centre or will he select Owen Farrell at 12?

Farrell playing at first centre would present the opportunity for both himself and Jonathan Sexton to start. However, not everyone thinks this is a proper approach.

Former Munster, Ireland and Lions out-half Ronan O’Gara feels that Gatland ought to go for a more sizeable midfield.

“I don’t think they can do that.

“For the first half anyway, it’s going to be very physical. For me, I don’t think you can have Farrell defending against Sonny Bill Williams or whoever they play if they have Sonny Bill Williams a channel wider at 13.

“So, I would say it could be really interesting after around 50 minutes having two ball players on the pitch, two really good kicking options but I think the first 30 minutes of the Test match is going to be brutal. But, for me, they’re both number 10s.”

Robbie Henshaw and Ben Te’o seem to be the main frontrunners for the 12 shirt at the moment, with the latter perhaps having the nudge on his Irish collegaue with some impressive performances thus far on this year’s tour.

However, with the pairing of Farrell and Sexton proving promising in the Crusaders game, Gatland may be tempted to back the pair.

Ronan O’Gara was speaking at the launch of the SoftCo Foundation at a star-studded gala dinner in Dun Laoghaire Golf Club where more than €150,000 was raised for charity and a further €100,000 committed for ongoing Cancer Research.

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