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.

BACK-THREE:

  • 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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CENTRES:

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