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Welsh legend Gareth Thomas talks about the Lions taking on New Zealand

Hahaha, brilliant episode.

One question which I know was asked with a bit of banter, disbanding the Lions if they lose 3-0..

Do people on here reckon that if or when the Lions ever win any tests, that it's more surprising than if they lose?

The Lions always strikes me as a bit of a more serious version of the Baa baas, I mean... a lot more serious. I understand why Gareth Thomas didn't say the words, no one wants to be accused of coming up with excuses before the planes even been boarded, but he did sort of hint at the somewhat ludicrous team that it is...

Do the B&I L fans agree that it's a team destined to lose all the time, but is still an incredible set up?

Do the kiwi fans, or even Aus and SA fans see it as a team that is technically destined to lose? (sorry Aussie fans)... Of course, I dare say it's a bloody hard game of rugby for all involved, and all the home teams have to have their heads screwed on...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Brian O'Driscoll and Ben Kay react to 2017 British and Irish Lions squad

I'm actually with IM regarding the eligibility issue of say Riki Flutely and playing for country is an honour...

That is where the current sport has gone beyond the level of a sport and representing your country to a business where winning is a must...

I mean if someone came knocking on my door saying "look, you're not good enough to play for your country, but move to Pakistan and you can represent them in rugby... I'd decline... but why? It gives me the chance to play international rugby doesn't it? Granted I know that generally some of the players have some sort of tie to a country (grandparents or otherwise) but it's still a little bit businessy now for my liking..

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Brian O'Driscoll and Ben Kay react to 2017 British and Irish Lions squad

You know Gatland is going to go for some mix it up combo of AWJ and Warburton or something outrageous like that...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Ardie Savea puts in massive hit against the Brumbies

I suppose that is why the kiwis international team is so good... that being said, Dan Biggar and the rest of Wales, with a few token other nationalities are doing a Welsh Lions tour with the unpredictable tactic of Warrenball which should have the kiwis shaking in their boots!

4 Weeks, 19 Hours ago

Brian O'Driscoll and Ben Kay react to 2017 British and Irish Lions squad

Thanks for educating me guys. Apologies for bashing Kruis.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Martyn Williams describes Jamie Roberts' emotions as he missed the B&I Lions Tour cut

I'm quite surprised any of the players or the players friends even bothered trying to contact them about what the media is saying....

I remember reading a few of these claims of immediate selections or lack of selections and I had to start searching as nothing was saying where these claims were coming from, when I didn't find any information in particular I just started ignoring them, who knows whether they were troll driven, bookie driven or otherwise...

You'd have thought a mate of Roberts would have sat around with him having a beer or meal or whatever with him rather than going "@JRoberts M8 jst seen on interwebz tht u iz gna b pikd 4 d lionz" .....or however the f**k people tweet these days...

1 Month, 6 Hours ago

Brian O'Driscoll and Ben Kay react to 2017 British and Irish Lions squad

What about to fans in general, do you rate him? I may have to retract the part on Kruis...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

LIVE: British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour Squad Announcement

That's a fair point 10/10, plus down in NZ the Lions need all the prowess and alertness they can muster because NZ I'm sure will love a chance to show their dominance against 4 NH teams at once...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Gatland's Wales-heavy Lions squad flawed by simple numbers

"but since then playing for Wales they have recorded just two wins from 14 matches against New Zealand, South Africa and Australia"

Can than even be used as a stat? 2 wins against 3 opponents... Weren't both wins against South Africa? I mean, granted, I get your point regarding their record against the SH and you're trying to have some comparisons, which is pretty hard to do when it's "Yeh, Wales lost against the kiwis.....as did everyone else.." but fact remains, Wales 2016 win against SA was hardly surprising considering the poor Saffas have been butchered by political interference - I know that's not Wales fault and I dare say it was probably a hard day at the office, but still...

Seems to me Gatland has stuck with familiarity when plagued with anything near a 50-50 decision. For instance if you know that player X who you coach is really good, but you've never coached nor spoken to player Y who you see playing really good... it wouldn't be surprising to pick the familiar choice...






....I guess....

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Brian O'Driscoll and Ben Kay react to 2017 British and Irish Lions squad

One aspect of picking players I really don't understand which keeps getting mentioned is "midweek players"..... Why would you pick a team with midweek players in mind as well?

A lot of people have voiced their issues with the teams picked etc, perhaps Kay and Drico have made a fair point regarding selections, especially in the forwards... and with Launchbury not being included, who would you remove from the 2nd row to accommodate him? Or would you just add him in as well..? .. for me, I'm not convinced with AWJ, Kruis and Lawes... I think Lawes is a decent player, but seeing Itoje rip the park up was impressive... Kruis, maybe I was harsh here, but I don't see an awful lot of him playing generally, so maybe more my fault.. AWJ, great work horse, but nothing that J Gray couldn't have filled with work rate, and good leader? So is J Gray...

But to get back on point, I don't believe that some of the players picked are 10 out 10.... but some of the players omitted are 10 out of 10... so if for instance, Henderson, or Kruis or whatever, were picked because of midweek teams... then why??? Especially when you could argue Launchbury player 10 out of 10 could just be picked for midweek AND if you need a decent player to step up to test matches then he can do that too....

Te'o might be a good example of this.... why pick a really green player with the mind of "well he can fit in the midweek game" when you could perhaps pick some sublime players instead and then just have a headache deciding whether they play weekend, or midweek...

1 Month, 2 Days ago