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Warren Gatland’s 2022 Lions XV would destroy the Springboks


  • 4. James Ryan (Ireland)
  • 5. Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)

Gatland wrote: “I thought James and Tadhg worked incredibly well together as a combination so that is why I have put Maro Itoje on the bench. Ireland were able to put the All Blacks line-out under severe pressure in the final Test. “

RUCK’s second-row: 4. Maro Itoje (England), 5. Beirne (Ireland)


  • 6. Courtney Lawes (England)
  • 7. Josh van der Flier (Ireland)
  • 8. Caelan Doris (Ireland)

Gatland wrote: “I have been so impressed with Courtney. Peter O’Mahony had a great tour but Courtney is another who has shown maturity, calmness and leadership, and is an extra line-out option.”

Courtney Lawes, Captain of England celebrates after winning during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

RUCK’s back-row: 6. Peter O’Mahony (Ireland), 7. van der flier (Ireland), 8. Billy Vunipola (England)


  • 16. Dan Sheehan (Ireland)
  • 17. Andrew Porter (Ireland)
  • 18. Zander Fagerson (Scotland)
  • 19. Maro Itoje (England)
  • 20. Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
  • 21. Ali Price (Scotland)
  • 22. Marcus Smith (England)
  • 23. Jack Nowell (England)