Lawrence Dallaglio selects his Lions back-row to dominate the Springboks

British and Irish Lions legend Lawrence Dallaglio has named his dream Lions back-row for the three-Test showdown with world champions South Africa next year.

He was speaking on the RUCK podcast, which you can listen to here.

Blindside-flanker: Courtney Lawes (England)

“Courtney Lawes’ form has been magnificent. It gives us the extra lineout forward that we need to really challenge South Africa. I wouldn’t discount someone like Aaron Wainwright (Wales) coming back in the reckoning.”


Openside-flanker: Tom Curry (England)

“I do see the seven jersey being a straight shoot-out between Tom Curry, who will go toe-to-toe with Justin Tipuric. Curry is one that Gatland has already name-checked and likes a lot.”


Number 8: Taulupe Faletau (Wales)

“He will only be 30. He started all three tests in New Zealand and I think he has that credit in bank with Gatland. Billy will be right there with him though.”

Editors Picks:


UPDATED | British & Irish Lions predicted 2021 starting XV, according to the bookies

Odds are accurate on Wednesday,3rd July, 8am, and are subject to change. 

Fullback: LIAM WILLIAMS (Wales 4/7)

Other contenders: Stuart Hogg (Scotland 4/6), Jordan Larmour (Ireland EVS), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales 5/1), George Furbank (England 7/2)


Left wing: JONNY MAY (England 1/25)

Other contenders: Jacob Stockdale (Ireland 1/3), Adam Radwan (England 40/1), Jack Nowell (England 11/4), Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales 13/8)


Outside-centre: JONATHAN DAVIES (Wales 1/3)

Other contenders: Henry Slade (England 5/6), Garry Ringshow (Ireland 4/6), Jonathan Joseph (England 13/8), Chris Harris (Scotland 20/1), Huw Jones (Scotland 6/1)


Inside-centre: MANU TUILAGI (England 1/3)

Other contenders: Robbie Henshaw (Ireland 5/6), Hadleigh Parkes (Wales 5/4), Sam Johnson (Scotland 9/2)


Right wing: JOSH ADAMS (Wales 1/18)

Other contenders: Anthony Watson (England 4/6), George North (Wales 2/1), Elliot Daly (England 10/11), Joe Cokanasiga (England 3/1), Keith Earls (Ireland 9/2)

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