British & Irish Lions: Rugby Union Weekly squad selection summit

Manu Tuilagi, Finn Russell and Josh Navidi occupy been all aspects of competition as Rugby Union Weekly attempted to take their 36-man Lions squad
Date: Thursday, 6 Can even Time: 12: 00 BST
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The aim became to chat about, reconsider, compromise and at final originate one definitive 36-man squad.

It did no longer determine like that.

As a change 2009 British and Irish Lion Ugo Monye and Rugby Union Weekly co-presenter Chris Jones agreed to disagree over their picks to tour South Africa this summer season.

These are the controversial calls, left-discipline shouts and unreconcilable variations that made up their selection assembly on this week’s episode.

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Succor three

(variations in thought marked in brave)

Ugo: Louis Rees-Zammit (Wal), Anthony Watson (Eng), Stuart Hogg (Sco), Liam Williams (Wal), Josh Adams (Wal), Jack Nowell (Eng)

Chris: Louis Rees-Zammit (Wal), Anthony Watson (Eng), Stuart Hogg (Sco), Liam Williams (Wal), Josh Adams (Wal), Jonny Can even (Eng)

Ugo: “I in actuality feel guilty about this take. Jonny Can even became a world XV take final year and never unheard of has changed in 2021 except for England and Gloucester struggling.

Nowell came off the bench within the 2nd and third Assessments in Contemporary Zealand four years within the past

“Nowell has supreme played 100 minutes of rugby for the reason that Premiership final in October as he comes support from ruin, however Gatland loves him.

“Nowell is an correct crew player, an correct squad man and, alongside with his tear for food for work and energy over the ball, he brings something varied.”

Chris: “I suspect that Jonny Can even has reach on so unheard of as a player, you need him there. In November he scored that unheard of dimension of-the-discipline wrestle Ireland. You are going to no longer dispute me that unheard of has changed.”


Ugo: Robbie Henshaw (Ire), Manu Tuilagi (Eng), Henry Slade (Eng), Garry Ringrose (Ire)

Chris: Robbie Henshaw (Ire), Jonathan Davies (Wal), Henry Slade (Eng), Garry Ringrose (Ire)

Ugo: “Tuilagi is supreme correct getting back from a protracted-time frame ruin however on his day he is with out doubt among the world’s supreme, a huge level of inequity and, towards the world champions, that quality would be invaluable.”

Chris: “Fraction of me does have to make a replacement Tuilagi because there is a in point of fact long time to level fitness between the squad announcement on Thursday and the tour opener towards the Stormers on 3 July.

“Without the injured George North as neatly, I realise I’m in a position to even be searching vitality in my midfield selection.

“However I suspect it would possibly well possibly probably be a huge gamble to take a player who has suffered with accidents within the past and has been sidelined since September.”

Ugo: “You ought to occupy Slade to provide you with a kicking possibility. Owen Farrell would possibly well, however if he is touring as a hover-half of then then you undoubtedly need Slade to lift that dimension.”

Flit-half of

Ugo: Dan Biggar (Wal), Owen Farrell (Eng), Marcus Smith (Eng)

Chris: Dan Biggar (Wal), Owen Farrell (Eng), Finn Russell (Sco)

Ugo: “Folks will likely be screaming at me for this, however if Biggar and Farrell are your Test hover-halves, your third hover-half of must be very varied to the diverse two.

Marcus Smith would possibly well be the principal uncapped player to tour with the British and Irish Lions since Will Greenwood in 1997

“You wish a third-replacement 10 who accepts that characteristic. Smith would possibly well be over the moon to tour, has energy and vitality that can reverberate spherical the squad and would possibly well be the fulcrum of the midweek aspect.

“Folks are free to agree, disagree, be offended, however that is the pondering.”

Chris: “In phrases of a Lions squad that goes down neatly with Scotland followers, Finn Russell being overpassed for an uncapped Marcus Smith would hasten down like an unsavoury sandwich.

“I would possibly well be horrified if Russell would no longer hasten.

“We occupy got bought to chat about the indisputable truth that neither of us are taking Johnny Sexton – a most recent big, the Ireland captain, the initiating 10 for the 2nd and third Assessments in Contemporary Zealand four years within the past.

“My pondering is correct about fitness and durability of a player who will turn 36 all the arrangement thru the tour.

“He has had three failed head ruin assessments since February.”

Scrum-half of

Ugo: Conor Murray (Ire), Gareth Davies (Wal), Danny Care (Eng)

Chris: Conor Murray (Ire), Tomos Williams (Wal), Danny Care (Eng)

Ugo: “Faf de Klerk is a true heartbeat for South Africa, and Gareth Davies is a physical, full of life nine who can derive at his opposite number.

“I suspect he would possibly well be an unheard of match-as a lot as do away with on De Klerk.

Chris: “With [co-presenter of Rugby Union Weekly] Danny, I fabricate no longer think it is blind faith in a buddy. There are legitimate the clarification why he will get on the airplane: he offers something varied off the bench, he is in correct fabricate, he is in an correct yell mentally, he is bought hundreds of journey.

“He will also occupy the glory of the squad and be an correct tourist. I fabricate no longer think that would possibly be a trite yell to claim in 2021. On this ‘bubble’ atmosphere it is more principal than ever.”

Loose-head prop

Ugo: Wyn Jones (Wal), Mako Vunipola (Eng), Cian Healy (Ire)

Chris: Wyn Jones (Wal), Mako Vunipola (Eng), Rory Sutherland (Sco)

Chris: “Sutherland is spherical four weeks faraway from fitness with a shoulder ruin. If he can point out his fitness, I’d do away with him. If no longer, I’d do away with Healy.

Sutherland is one of those hoping to elevate Scotland’s representation after supreme two of his countrymen made the initial squad in 2017

“I suspect with Jones, Vunipola and Healy (29, 30 and 33 respectively) you are immediate a slight bit little bit of dynamism and that trio are ticking up thru age in comparison with 27-year-veteran Sutherland.”


Both: Luke Cowan Dickie (Eng), Jamie George (Eng), Ken Owens (Wal)

Tight-head prop

Both: Kyle Sinckler (Eng), Tadhg Furlong (Ire), Zander Fagerson (Sco)

2d row

Both: Maro Itoje (Eng), James Ryan (Ire), Alun Wyn Jones (Wal), Tadhg Beirne (Ire)

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Ugo: Tom Curry (Eng), Hamish Watson (Sco), Justin Tipuric (Wal), Aaron Wainwright (Wal), Jamie Ritchie (Sco)

Chris: Tom Curry (Eng), Hamish Watson (Sco), Justin Tipuric (Wal), Josh Navidi (Wal), Sam Underhill (Eng)

Ugo: “I suspect Wainwright has a slight little bit of X-yell. He would be world class. I admire his match-up with Pieter-Steph du Toit and he brings additional top and a jumping possibility within the toll road-out as neatly.

Wainwright, seen here scoring towards France within the quarter-final, became a key man for Wales within the 2019 World Cup, however has struggled for a extraordinary initiating yell since

“Ritchie is correct perfect. Curry and Watson are two avid gamers in a explicit mould however Ritchie is a explicit form of player as I witness steadiness and varied strategies of working.”

Chris: “I fabricate no longer think that Wainwright has played ample on the very supreme level no longer too long within the past to hasten earlier than Navidi, who became in big fabricate within the Six Nations.

“I thought Jamie Ritchie became terrific within the Six Nations, notably in that do away with away towards France on the final day. I in actuality like him, however I wouldn’t be overjoyed boarding that airplane with out Underhill.

“I suspect towards South Africa, you need Underhill to be cutting down those huge runners.”

Number eight

Ugo: Taulupe Faletau (Wal), Sam Simmonds (Eng)

Chris: Taulupe Faletau (Wal), Billy Vunipola (Eng)

Ugo: “I fabricate no longer think both the Lions or South Africa occupy a player like Simmonds. He adjustments the dynamic of how you play. He’s lightning immediate. I’d love to thought him in a fresh pair of mouldies on a onerous monitor in South Africa.

“He’s a harmful guy, a level of inequity.

26 June Japan (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
3 July Stormers
7 July South Africa Invitational
10 July Sharks
14 July South Africa A
17 July Bulls
24 July South Africa
31 July South Africa
7 August South Africa

“As correct a player as Vunipola is, within the final 18 months or two years, towards huge physical packs, he hasn’t executed the issues all individuals knows he can.”

Chris: “I suspect you hasten to South Africa with out Vunipola’s vitality at your disaster.

“We presumably have not seen a fully rampaging, barnstorming Vunipola for some time, so he is my reputation take.

“I am no longer announcing he must be a Test starter, however I need him as an possibility.”

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