Again, been many outstanding nines for the Lions. I am looking for players who can provide exceptional service to the backs. Also, has a great relationship with his forwards and also the individual ability to keep the opposition guessing at all times. My choices are:
Gareth Edwards, Terry Holmes and Robert Howley
I make no excuses selecting three Welshman as my choices for scrum-half. Each of them in their respective careers at some stage was the best player in the world in their position. For those of you who never saw Holmes at his best then you missed out, he was immense.
Going to South Africa, you have to have a good base and be able to scrummage. Of course, this is the job of the whole pack of forwards, but it does start in the front five. My selections are:
Fran Cotton, Ian McLauchlan, Gethin Jenkins, Sandy Carmichael, Graham Price and Jason Leonard
All fantastic players as you would expect. Cotton and Leonard can play both sides of the scrum more than proficiently, so barring injuries, I have adequate cover in this position.
Looking for players who are good in the set-piece but also good ball carriers who can get a try or two on tour. My selections are:
Bryn Meredith, Keith Wood and Bobby Windsor.
Three tough, uncompromising, durable players who were the standout players of their generation in Britain and Irish rugby.