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The Telegraph Only Name Six Welsh Players In Their 37 Man Lions Squad

It’s fair to say that Wales have not been enjoying their best Six Nations campaign this season. Although they claimed a 33-7 win over Italy on the opening weekend of the Championship, Rob Howley’s side found themselves 7-3 down at half-time and ultimately failed to claim a four-try bonus point.

Despite a strong showing against England, Wales failed to turn their dominance into points and gifted Elliot Daly a match-winning try through an inability to close out the final five minutes. Perhaps though their greatest failing of this campaign occurred against Scotland.

Despite taking a 13-9 lead into the half-time break, Wales imploded during the second forty minutes in Murrayfield, conceding 20 points in a half where Scotland’s pace and creativity dominated.

With their confidence on the floor and stock plummeting, it comes as no surprise to see The Telegraph name only six Welshmen in their updated 37 man British and Irish Lions touring squad.

By contrast, Scotland have nine players included in The Telegraph‘s selection, while Ireland and England have 11 each.

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[tie_slide]Loose Head Prop: Jack McGrath (Ireland)

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 1, BT Murrayfield, Scotland 4/2/2017 Scotland vs Ireland Ireland's Jack McGrath

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[tie_slide]Loose Head Prop: Mako Vunipola (England)

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

 

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[tie_slide]Loose Head Prop: Cian Healy (Ireland)

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[tie_slide]Tight Head Prop: Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 3, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 25/2/2017 Ireland vs France Ireland's Tadhg Furlong Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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[tie_slide]Tight Head Prop: Dan Cole (England)

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Tight Head Prop: Kyle Sinkler (England)

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[tie_slide]Hooker: Rory Best (Ireland)

Ireland v France - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Hooker: Dylan Hartley (England)

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

 

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[tie_slide]Hooker: Jamie George (England)

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[tie_slide]Lock: Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Lock: Maro Itoje (England)

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Lock: Jonny Gray (Scotland)

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Lock: Richie Gray (Scotland)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Richie Gray of Scotland in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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[tie_slide]Lock: Joe Launchbury (England)

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Back Row: CJ Stander (Ireland)

Italy vs Ireland Ireland's CJ Stander Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 11/2/2017

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[tie_slide]Back Row: Sam Warburton (Wales)

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Back Row: Hamish Watson (Scotland)

France v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Back Row: Billy Vunipola (England)

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[tie_slide]Back Row: Sean O’Brien (Ireland)

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 1, BT Murrayfield, Scotland 4/2/2017 Scotland vs Ireland Ireland's Sean O'Brien with Stuart Hogg of Scotland Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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[tie_slide]Back Row: Justin Tipuric (Wales)

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Back Row: Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)

<> at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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[tie_slide]Scrum-Half: Conor Murray (Ireland)

Ireland v France - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Scrum-Half: Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)

France v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Scrum-Half: Ben Youngs (England)

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Fly-Half: Johnny Sexton (Ireland)

Ireland v France - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Fly-Half: Finn Russell (Scotland)

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Fly Half/Centre: Owen Farrell (England)

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Centre: Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 11: Robbie Henshaw of Ireland passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland at Stadio Olimpico on February 11, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

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[tie_slide]Centre: Alex Dunbar (Scotland)

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Centre: Jonathan Davies (Wales)

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Centre: Huw Jones (Scotland)

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

 

 

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[tie_slide]Wing: George North (Wales)

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Wing: Liam Williams (Wales)

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Wing: Elliot Daly (England)

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Wing: Tommy Seymour (Scotland)

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Fullback: Rob Kearney (Ireland)

Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

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[tie_slide]Fullback: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

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Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

On this week’s Oval Office Podcast, Jacques Burger talks about his battle with depression, Benetton Treviso’s Ian McKinley reviews Italy’s performance against England and Daniel Killick of The Attacking Scrum tells us what’s gone wrong with Wales.

https://soundcloud.com/punditarenarugby/we-chat-to-ian-mckinley-jacques-burger-and-daniel-killick-of-the-attacking-scrum

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