Sir Clive Woodward selects ‘brave’ Lions XV for series finale - Ruck

Sir Clive Woodward selects ‘brave’ Lions XV for series finale

The Lions must go for extreme pace and try to prevent the constant stoppages, according to World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward.

Woodward wrote in his column for the Mail Online: “They need some clear thinking and brave calls need to be made by Gatland and Co.

“Gregor Townsend needs to come into play — he will have been frustrated at the limited part his Lions back division played in that game, scarcely firing a shot in anger.

“The Lions can only beat South Africa if they up the pace massively and somehow prevent all those stoppages which are a godsend for the Boks. Every prolonged TMO episode is manna from heaven for their forwards.”

FInd Woodward’s XV, below with only one back retaining his place in the starting team.


  • 15 .Liam Williams for Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
  • 14. Louis Rees-Zammit for Anthony Watson (England)
  • 11. Josh Adam (Wales) for Duhan van de Merwe (Scotland)

Woodward wrote: “Liam Williams, Louis Rees-Zammit, Josh Adams and Elliot Daly must all come into play. The theme must be extreme pace in everything the Lions do.”

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  • 13. Elliot Daly (England) for Chris Harris (Scotland)
  • 12. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
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