Sir Ian McGeechan picks his Lions XV based ‘on current form’

SECOND-ROW:

  • 4. Tadhg Beirne (Ireland) – I think Beirne has had two good games for Ireland and I think he’s benefited greatly from having Paul O’Connell on the coaching staff.
  • 5. Maro Itoje (England) – He gave a lot of penalties away against Scotland which is back to what he was doing a couple of years back, but he was much better against Italy on Saturday

BACK-ROW:

  • 6. Jamie Ritchie (Scotland) – Didn’t play at the weekend, but he would be my frontline player.
  • 7. Hamish Watson (Scotland) – The flanker is my openside, without a doubt. 
  • 8. Taulupe Faletau (Wales) – He is my No 8. I thought he played well at the weekend, and the longer the game went on the better he got.

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