“I’ve gone with 3 second-rows” – Paul O’Connell picks his Lions pack to dominate the Boks

SECOND-ROW

  • 4. Maro Itoje (England)
  • 5. James Ryan (Ireland)

O’Connell said: “Itoje is obviously a world-class athlete, he is a phenomenal second-row forward. I like watching him play. I’m surprised he doesn’t give away more penalties than he does but he is always pushing the limits around the ruck, around the offside line. Brilliant at collapsing mauls, brilliant at stopping teams mauling.”

Did you know? Having previously represented Wales at under-21 level, he made his test debut for Wales in June 2006 against Argentina

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