Lions tour Of Australia in 2025 set to break new ground


  • 4. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) – Captain
  • 5. Maro Itoje (England)

Woodward said: Jones may have missed out on the Grand Slam but the Wales captain is my choice to lead the Lions against South Africa in the summer.”

DID YOU KNOW? Alun Wyn Jones was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to rugby union football in Wales


  • 6. Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)
  • 7. Tom Curry (England)
  • 8. Justin Tipuric (Wales)

Woodward said: ” I’m not prepared to leave Tadhg Beirne out, but want Wyn Jones and Maro Itoje to form a second row partnership, so I’m playing the Irishman at blindside flanker. Tom Curry starts at seven, and I’m going to take a risk and start Justin Tipuric at No 8.”

DID YOU KNOW? Tom Curry became the youngest player to start at flanker for England when he made his debut in 2017

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