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Jiffy leaves Brian O’Driscoll out of his all-time Lions backline


Dual code legend Jonathan Davies has taken on the daunting task of picking his greatest Lions backline, and he’s ruffled some feather by leaving out Brian O’Driscoll.

* The Greatest Lions XV Ever by Jonathan Davies and Alun Wyn Bevan is published by Gomer Press. A percentage of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the Cancer Centre in Velindre Hospital, Cardiff.

BACK-THREE:

  • 15. JPR Williams (Wales) – “In attack, JPR was to be seen either working in tandem with his wing three-quarters or terrifying defensive lines. He was also a towering figure in defence, safe as houses under a high ball and with a penchant for demolishing attackers.”
  • 14. Gerald Davies (Wales) – “I have so many fond memories of seeing him taking on opponents – often with a swagger which very few have the right to exhibit. He wove, he probed, he varied his angles of running and was always in position to counter attack from deep in tandem with his full-back.”
  • 11. JJ Williams (Wales) – “His combination of electrifying speed and breathtaking audacity disarmed organised defences on the Lions tour of South Africa in 1974.”

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