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Will Greenwood Names His Starting Lions Team

Former British and Irish Lions centre Will Greenwood has named his starting Lions XV for this summer’s tour of New Zealand.

Greenwood, who was a Lions tourist on the 1997 tour of South Africa, the 2001 tour of Australia and the 2005 tour of New Zealand, has named a starting XV consisting of eight English players, five Irish and two Scots with no Welsh players making the cut for his starting XV.

The England World Cup winner has also named uncapped Leinster winger Adam Byrne in his starting XV, with the 22-year-old widely tipped to be named in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad on Monday.


Greenwood also tipped England hooker Dylan Hartley to be named as tour captain despite his extended list of indiscretions.

“Do not take the field in the first test in New Zealand without Owen Farrell,” Greenwood told Sky Sports.

“I nearly considered him as a captain but I’ve gone for Hartley, but there is an argument, and clearly a very good argument, for Rory Best.”

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