Lions predicted XV for first test vs South Africa according to the bookies – odds slashed on Tom Curry to start | Ruck

Lions predicted XV for first test vs South Africa according to the bookies – odds slashed on Tom Curry to start

Preparation for the British & Irish Lions tour to Africa kick-started this week with a group of the players selected meeting up in Jersey.

But who will make Warren Gatland’s starting XV for the opening test against the Springboks?

Tom Curry is priced at 8/13 to start for the Lions against the Springboks

Bookmakers Sky Bet have revealed the Lions’ most likely line-up according to the very latest odds.

And it’s good news for England and Sale Sharks back-rower Tom Curry, who’s now odds-on at 8/13 to make the cut on July 24.

The 22-year-old was excellent for England during the Six Nations, and had been in fine form for Sale Sharks as the North West side secured a rare top four finish in the Gallagher Premiership.

But Tom’s inclusion is likely to come at the expense of either Justin Tipuric or Hamish Watson, say Sky Bet.

Take a look at the full side below. Odds are correct as of 16 June, 10am.

FRONT-ROW:

  • 1. Wyn Jones (Wales) – 5/6
  • 2. Ken Owens (Wales) – 2/5
  • 3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland) – 1/5
Tadhg Furlong

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