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Lions team announced


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks on 18 Jun 2009 at 14:00
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Ireland’s David Wallace edged out Martyn Williams for the key position of openside flanker when British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan on Thursday named his team for the first Test against South Africa.

There were no real surprises and few even contentious selections in the team for Saturday’s clash in Durban, with Williams named among the replacements after a shoulder injury limited his involvement in the provincial games.

Welshman Alun Wyn Jones got the nod as the second lock, as his athleticism complements the more solid qualities of captain Paul O’Connell, while Gethin Jenkins and Phil Vickery are the props sandwiching Lee Mears.

The starting Test team have not played together in any of the six tour games to date but McGeechan said he was prepared to accept that for the payoff of giving everyone in the squad enough of a chance to show what they could do.

Lions:

Lee Byrne (WAL), Tommy Bowe (IRL), Brian O’Driscoll (IRL), Jamie Roberts (WAL), Ugo Moyne (ENG), Stephen Jones (WAL), Mike Phillips (WAL), Jamie Heaslip (IRL), David Wallace (IRL), Tom Croft (ENG), Paul O’Connell (IRL, captain), Alun-Wyn Jones (WAL), Phil Vickery (ENG), Lee Mears (ENG), Gethin Jenkins (WAL)

Replacements: Matthew Rees (WAL), Adam Jones (WAL), Donncha O’Callaghan (IRL), Martyn Williams (WAL), Harry Ellis (ENG), Ronan O’Gara (IRL), Rob Kearney (IRL)



12 Comments

  • We can take these pretenders!!! :cool:

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.06.09 14:01:39 by wpw Reply
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  • Surprised at their choice at 10.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.06.09 14:07:09 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • There you go, Smit has handled Jenkins before, and will do so again this weekend. There really isn’t a decent hooker in the Lion’s squad is there?

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.06.09 14:08:47 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 2) : would you have picked o’gara?

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.06.09 14:09:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 2) : Keeps the Welsh 9-10-12 axis intact.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.06.09 14:11:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 5) : True.

    @robdylan (Comment 4) : Would have gone with Hook bar the head smash….but yes I think O’ Gara is better at directing a game. Jones is good in patches.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.06.09 14:19:50 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Smit and Beast have both scrummed well against their opponenets on the EOYT, so there shouldn’t be a problem there. Kicking for poles is what worries me. Unless Geech has been hiding something, or PDV has actually coached the Boks then I think that the Boks will beat this team.

    With 4 Vrystaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaters in the team how could the Bols lose?

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.06.09 15:42:22 by Loosehead Reply

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  • What we also failed to mention is that we have HOME GROUND ADVANTAGE!!!

    The Lions are can likes to be bliksemed by Bakkies, Beast and Smiff!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.06.09 16:00:11 by wpw Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 2) : me too. Thought that Ronan McDonald would get a nod, this Jones is bit plain. Other than that no real surprises.

    what’s up with little Williams? is he injured?

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.06.09 16:18:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 9) : No he is not injured, he just sucks :wink: Which is thrilling for me to see because he is an arrogant little ……… :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.06.09 19:13:34 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • interesting team, probably only one surprise being williams on the bench

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.06.09 20:18:31 by war1 Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) : so they finally noticed :lol:

    he seems to be arrogant on the field but when you listen to interviews he seems ok.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him for 2 test after the new wings won’t work.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.06.09 22:35:37 by rekinek Reply
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