Sir Clive Woodward names his five nailed-on Lions Test starters | Ruck

Sir Clive Woodward names his five nailed-on Lions Test starters

Here’s who legendary coach Sir Clive Woodward believes is a certainty for Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions XV to face the Springboks…

#1. Owen Farrell

Woodward said: “Biggar, currently in isolation, would seem to be the favourite after a fine Six Nations and an impressive performance against Japan, but don’t be surprised if Gatland opts for Farrell.

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“That is certainly what I would do. To beat South Africa on their own turf, you must have a world-class goalkicker. Farrell is exactly that and, for me, must start somewhere.

“When he plays at 12 I believe you only get Farrell at 80 per cent effectiveness, but when he plays at 10 you get the full Monty.

“Farrell did a great job for Gatland in 2017 and the coach won’t have forgotten that. Just as Gareth Southgate banked on Harry Kane coming good in the Euros, I believe Gatland will be tempted to stick with Farrell, with Biggar or Russell on the bench.”

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