Need a combination of toughness and athletes in this position to compete with South Africa, so going with the following:
Willie John McBride (capt), Martin Johnson, Gordon Brown, Alun Wyn Jones and Paul O’Connell
I think I have a good blend with these selections which should secure good lineout ball and also have the doggedness for a battle with their South African counterparts.
Balance is the key here, don’t want to select too many specialist open-side flankers or too many ball carriers as a need to compete at the breakdown as well. Bearing all that in mind, I have come up with the following:
Roger Uttley, Richard Hill, Mervyn Davies, Lawrence Dallaglio, Fergus Slattery and Sam Warburton
Some really tough choices here. But, I feel I have a good balance with players who can compete in the key areas I mentioned. Also, be able to carry physically into contact against the Springboks.
So there you have my squad, some outstanding players missing out, as you would expect with the long history of the British and Irish Lions. It would be wrong of me after selecting that squad not to choose my 23 for a fictitious test match, and here it is:
15/ JPR Williams
14/ Gerald Davies
13/ Brian O’Driscoll
12/ Jonny Wilkinson
11/ Jason Robinson
10/ Barry John
9/ Gareth Edwards
1/ Fran Cotton
2/ Keith Wood
3/ Graham Price
4/ Willie John McBride (capt)
5/ Gordon Brown
6/ Richard Hill
8/ Mervyn Davies
7/ Fergus Slattery
Hastings, B Williams, Holmes, Jenkins, Meredith, Carmichael, Jones, Dallaglio.
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