Dual code legend Jonathan Davies has taken on the daunting task of picking his greatest British & Irish Lions XV of all time for a new book.
* 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.
All-time Lions dream team
Fullback: 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.”
Wing: 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.”
Centre: Jeremy Guscott (England)
“Jerry restored fans’ faith in the aesthetic and artistic qualities of the game. I always appreciated his effortless style. Opponents were unable to predict whether he was going to run, pass or kick. Everything he did was instinctive and this made him a very difficult player to read.”
Centre: Mike Gibson (Ireland)
“Mike Gibson was the complete footballer, ‘phenomenal’ according to The New Zealand Rugby Annual. In an interview, Brian O’Driscoll paid a sincere tribute to one of Irish rugby’s greatest ever players: ‘At times when Irish rugby wasn’t successful, he was always the shining light.”
Winger: JJ Williams (Wales)
““His combination of electrifying speed and breathtaking audacity disarmed organised defences on the Lions tour of South Africa in 1974. In an interview, Brian O’Driscoll paid a sincere tribute to one of Irish rugby’s greatest ever players: ‘At times when Irish rugby wasn’t successful, he was always the shining light.”