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A look back at the successful 1997 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa

Yeah i agree with the idea that Murray has not fulfilled his potential. And maybe starting 9 is a rash choice but i feel like Philips is just too selfish a player for me. In terms of Jim Hamilton, i really think that he has proven himself in recent years in the international game that he can outplay the best. And i also dont really think that there are many better option at all! Perhaps Botha or Charteris? Ross Rennie is a bloody class act and a consistant performer who has proven that he can play in a team that did beat Australia recently. Laidlaw i am peronally not a huge fan of but he can bring a player onto the ball and i believe his versatllity would make him a strong touring candidate.

In terms of Owen Farrel, i too believed he has been far too over-hyped by the English media (Next Jonny Wilkinson chat is ridiculous). I think he lacks serious flare as a 10 but as a playmaking 12 with the likes of strong runners like North, Tuilangi, Visser and Bowe outside i think he could fit in well. I am a strong believer that one of your centres should be able to distribute. I think a Robert/Tuilangi combo would be terrible espcially against centres like Mccabe or Faingaa who are defensively minded players who really would not mind being run at all day.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

A look back at the successful 1997 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa

1. Cian Healy
2. Best/Ford- neither of which compare to Stephen Moore or Polota Nau
3. Dan Cole
4. Richie Gray
5. POC
6. Ferris
7. Warburton/Rennie
8. Heaslip

9. Conor Murray -Cannot understand why i am potentially the first to mention him!
10. Jonny Sexton
11. Tommy Bowe
12. Owen Farrel/ Jamie Roberts(or George North if he does play there this year)
13. Manu Tuilangi/BOD
14. George North/Tim Visser
15. Rob Kearney

My centres are dependant on combinations. Would have farrel at 12 if Tuilangi played at 13. Depends where they want to put their steamrollers.

As a Scot i would also like to put a section in which i put the Scot who should go on tour. Please comment if you agree/disagree:
1. Ross Ford
2. Richie Gray
3. Jim Hamilton
4. Ross Rennie
5.Dave Denton
6. Greg Laidlaw
7. Tim Visser
8. Stuart Hogg (Rash)

1 Year, 11 Months ago

 
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