Sir Clive Woodward shares his views on opening Lions Test - Ruck

Sir Clive Woodward shares his views on opening Lions Test

Former British and Irish Lions head coach Sir Clive Woodward believes the team must keep hold of the ball if they are to beat New Zealand.

The 2003 Rugby World Cup winner is against making personnel changes to the XV and instead thinks it is a gameplan tweak that could see the Lions prevail.

“The All Blacks are totally beatable,” Woodward told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.

“But you have got to dominate possession and if you don’t they are so talented, so good, so physical, you are going to get beat.”

He added: “We didn’t lose the game based on selection.

“What happens in the UK, you box kick, the opposition get it, play a couple of phases and normally kick the ball back.


“You box kick down here, the All Blacks catch it and you don’t get the ball back.”

Woodward was particularly impressed with the running game of Liam Williams, Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson in Auckland in the Test opener and feels they should be used as much as possible.

“When we ran from deep and had the confidence to keep the ball in hand, we played really well,” he said.

“I just don’t want to see us kick the ball away.

“My own personal view is you have to try and pick a team that plays similar to them, try and match them at what they do really well.

“If you can match them you have got half a chance.”