Stephen Jones is rarely afraid to make a controversial call, but his selection for the Lions player of the tour is slightly hard to wrap your head around.
The Lions tour has seen plenty of standout performers and, at this point in time, it’s very hard to hang your hat on one man as the ‘player of the tour’.
However, Sunday Times rugby writer, Stephen Jones, has made a particularly bizarre call naming Courtney Lawes as his number one performer.
Speaking on The Ruck podcast with Peter O’Reilly, Owen Slot and Stuart Barnes, Jones stated that although Tadhg Furlong has been admittedly impressive, he had no hesitation in picking the English forward.
Well, Tadhg Furlong has been incredible. For an hour, he has been everything you expect your tighthead prop to be. He’s not quite got the experience to last all the time, but he has been fantastic. He is very easy to pencil in as the tighthead prop in four years time. But I’m going to go for Courtney Lawes.
He has played in some poor teams but has been good in those poor teams. And I really like the bloke. I don’t know him, but I like him as a player. He’s been a hard-hitter, and to see him come on and have bit of a shake-it-up in the second Test was great.
Although Lawes has indeed been impressive in his showings for the tourists, given the fact that he has played a total of twenty minutes against the All Blacks, it’s extremely hard to understand Jones’ logic in naming him as his player of the tour.
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