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Monday, April 01, 2013

HSBC Lions Monthly - Episode 4

The latest edition of HSBC's Lions Monthly features chat with legends of the game and brings you fascinating insight into the goings on behind the scenes on previous tours. We hear from Martin Johnson, Brian O'Driscoll, Warren Gatland and Rod Kafer.

With the Six Nations now over and the build up to the door becoming a key focus, we're in a better position to pick our favourite fifteens, as well as squad or team captain.

Former Lions captain Martin Johnson shares his thoughts, and George Gregan chats to Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland, hoping to reveal who he already has in mind for his squad.

Featured in this episode:

• Australian legend George Gregan interviews Warren Gatland in Hong Kong
• Martin Johnson discusses the recent 6 Nations in the context of Lions selection
• Former Wallaby Rod Kafer reveals some of the mindgames and tactics used in 2001
• Lions greats talk about their best and the worst room mates on tour
• Brian O’Driscoll: Tackle These – the Irish legend attempts to answer tough questions on his career

Keep an eye on our British & Irish Lions 2013 section for more great Lions tour content

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ejm20 April 01, 2013 2:30 pm

15. Leigh Halfpenny
14. Tommy Bowe
13. Brian O'Driscoll
12. Jamie Roberts / Manu Tuilagi (depending on form in warm-up matches)
11. George North
10. Jonny Sexton
9. Mike Phillips/ Ben Youngs (depending on form)
8. Ben Morgan
7. Sam Warburton
6. Chris Robshaw
5. Geoff Parling
4. Alun Wyn-Jones
3. Adam Jones
2. Dylan Hartley
1. Gethin Jenkins

That gives a fierce scrummaging team... great balance in the back-row and a world-class back-line

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Welshie69 April 01, 2013 3:56 pm

Most of that is alright, but a fw of them have been injured for a while now, will they be on form when they come back?
Main one though, Dylan Hartley??? Seriously? Why?

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Canadian content April 02, 2013 4:28 pm

Yeah Hartley has done nothing for awhile. Easily best or Hibbard over him. I love bowe, but form has to count so cuthbert if fit must be in. Hard to keep Jonathan Davies out too, at least in the 22. Sheridan over Jenkins as well.

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owltop420 April 02, 2013 12:07 am

I would have Andrew Sheridan over Gethin Jenkins seeing as he is starting ahead of him for Toulon... Jenkins is often 3rd choice? Plus Sheridan is an absolute beast in the scrum, will have Australia shaking in their boots!

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FatProp April 02, 2013 2:01 pm

Hartley was my choice but is just out of form. Also Croft is a better 6 than Robshaw and Corbisiero is a brilliant loosehead. Visser on the wing maybe instead of Bowe

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rugbyaddict87 April 01, 2013 3:54 pm

1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best

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10stonenumber10 April 02, 2013 4:31 pm

Who would be your non British & Irish wildcard? Completely hypothetical, but had Sergio Parisse been born Steve Parrish he'd be rocking the red 8 shirt as long as he has legs to carry him!

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FatProp April 02, 2013 6:11 pm

Conrad Smith because we need a 13 or Picamoles best 8 in the world possibly

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Davplumb April 02, 2013 11:28 pm

Has to be a welsh front row Jenkins hibard jones

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Look at Form April 03, 2013 2:35 pm

Robshaw at 7, his preferred position with warburton as 6 because he is strong on both sides of the scrum. I'd also pick Best over Hartley and Healy or even Marler at prop.

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Rug vet April 13, 2013 3:31 pm

Croft at 6, Robshaw just lacks attacking threat for me and if Paul O conell can be fit I would have him rather than Parling purely as he is a beast and an inspiration!

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