Rugby fans around the world are waiting with bated breath as they ponder and debate Warren Gatland’s impending Lions squad selection. The Kiwi coach will name his squad on Wednesday, charged with the task of shocking World Cup champions New Zealand across three tests in the summer.
Which players will get the call-up? Will there be a bolter? Who will captain the tour? Questions are flying around, and the answers are on the way.
However, that doesn’t prevent a bit of impatience, and everybody is chipping in with their own two cents before the announcement.
In today’s Sunday Times, journalist Stephen Jones has selected his squad, and not everybody may agree.
While Jones often gets on the back of Ireland fans, he has surprised a few with his Irish inclusions. Rob Kearney and Simon Zebo both get the nod, but there is no room for the likes of CJ Stander, Rory Best, Cian Healy and Robbie Henshaw.
Scotland get a similar treatment, with Sean Maitland and Duncan Taylor included. However, there is no room for Stuart Hogg nor Jonny Gray.
While Wales (12) and England (16) are well represented, there are several notable inclusions and omissions.
Nobody is giving Scott Williams, Richard Wigglesworth, Luke Charteris, Tomas Francis, Kyle Sinckler and Richard Hibbard any chance of getting the call, but Jones has opted to include them.
Stephen Jones’ Lions squad selection, per the Sunday Times:
Rob Kearney, Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams, Anthony Watson, George North, Simon Zebo, Sean Maitland
Elliot Daly, Jonathan Joseph, Duncan Taylor, Scott Williams, Owen Farrell
Johnny Sexton, Dan Biggar
Conor Murray, Rhys Webb, Richard Wigglesworth
Billy Vunipola, Toby Faletau, Sam Warburton, Peter O’Mahony, James Haskell, Sean O’Brien, Maro Itoje
Alun Wyn Jones, George Kruis, Luke Charteris, Courtney Lawes
Tadhg Furlong, Dan Cole, Tomas Francis, Kyle Sinckler
Jamie George, Dylan Hartley, Richard Hibbard
Mako Vunipola, Jack McGrath, Joe Marler
Hat-tip to Balls.ie.
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