With the second round of the Six Nations behind us, it is a good time to continue the speculating on the composition of the team that will take on the Aussies later this year. Again, I base my selection on this past weekend’s performance only, so bear that in mind before you start baying for my blood!
15. Leigh Halfpenny remains the most likely to don the 15 jersey when they run out for the first test against Australia but Stuart Hogg has followed up last week’s performance with another great showing. He must certainly be in with a shout to make the tour squad.
14. I am selecting two different wingers this week, testament to the depth the home unions currently have amongst their outside backs. Sean Maitland was the pick of the bunch at right wing. Constantly looking for work and running great lines off of his flyhalf. This is the talented speedster we came to know as he played for the Crusaders in Super rugby.
13. BOD is still my first choice but purely for consistency I have to mention Brad Barritt. These two are most certainly the two outside centres that will go on tour.
12. The aptly named Matt Scott gets the nod this week after a blistering performance against Italy. He scored and created tries. It was a tough call with Jamie Roberts putting in a big performance with solid defense, chasing the high ball and regularly crossing the gain line. In the end I went with Scott because of his distribution skills. I much prefer a center that is able to unleash the players on his outside and with the outside backs that the Lions will have at their disposal it would be a crime not to exploit them.
11.I was pleasantly surprised by George North’s performance. I truly hope that he will regain the confidence and form that made him one of my favourite players to watch a year ago.
10.Owen Farrell made a big statement by outplaying Johnny Sexton in their personal dual over the weekend. This kid has composure and I am finally starting to see what the hype up north was all about. Give this guy five years and he will be one of the best on the planet.
9.It was a tough call to ignore Greig Laidlaw after a very good performance but I cannot ignore Ben Youngs’ steady performances and his partnership with Farrell.
I am sure you all have your opinions on who should make the BIL squad, feel free to share! Forwards to follow shortly!Tweet