With the British & Irish Lions squad announcement less than two weeks away, on 30th April, HSBC Ambassador and Lions legend Jason Robinson has now selected his starting XV for the Test series against the Wallabies.
The former dual-code international was impressed by what he saw in the Six Nations, subsequently naming a side that features eight Welsh internationals, and an all Welsh backrow.
He’s gone with Leigh Halpenny as a starter, but on the wing rather than fullback, opting for Ireland’s Rob Kearney instead. In the midfield he’s gone with what could be a lethal partnership, as he’s named Manu Tuilagi and Brian O’Driscoll, with the latter as squad captain.
If you’re wondering about the scenery, Robinson was speaking from the HSBC Rugby Festival Doha.
JASON ROBINSON’S 2013 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS STARTING XV
|15 Rob Kearney (Ireland)|
14 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
13 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) ©
12 Manu Tuilagi (England)
11 George North (Wales)
10 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)
9 Mike Phillips (Wales)
|1 Cian Healy (Ireland)|
2 Rory Best (Ireland)
3 Adam Jones (Wales)
4 Joe Launchbury (England)
5 Alun-Wyn Jones (Wales)
6 Sam Warburton (Wales)
7 Justin Tipuric (Wales)
8 Toby Faletau (Wales)
As the tour approaches, what do you think of the team he has selected?