Lions name team to face the Brumbies

The biggest shock is obviously the inclusion of ex-Wales winger Shane Williams, who has been called in at short notice because of his proximity to the tour. He has been playing his rugby in Japan this season.

Brad Barritt, Billy Twelvetrees and Christian Wade all get starts in a backline that nobody would have seen coming at the beginning of the tour.

British and Irish Lions: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Brad Barritt, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stuart Hogg, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sean O’Brien, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Ian Evans, 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Simon Zebo.

What do you make of the team? Can they beat an established side like the Brumbies?

8 thoughts on “Lions name team to face the Brumbies

  1. The two wingers seem like the antithesis of a Gatland winger…

    Hope 12Ts has a good game, although I think that if anyone here is a test player they are on the bench.

    Slightly interested by Youngs at 9, does that mean he isn’t on the test bench? Of have they decided to give him one more start, and we will see him come off at 40mins?

    1. could be SOB, if he is taken off relatively early.

      or they have decided on Lydiate.

      anywho brumbies team looks like they have chosen as strong as they can too
      15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Andrew Smith, 11 Clyde Rathbone, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Peter Kimlin (c), 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Scott Sio, 2 Siliva Siliva, 1 Ruan Smith.
      Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Jean-Pierre Smith, 18 Chris Cocca, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Mark Swanepoel, 22 Robbie Coleman, 23 Zack Holmes.

      i would say that that is as good as they can do with all whom are available. now we just have to hope for a decent Rebel’s team, and we the Force will well and truly be the embarrassments of aus.
      i found it pretty amusing that Tom Carter apparently had a pop at the force for fielding an understrength team against the lions.

      i do think that this game could be a difficult one for the lions. the brumbies have been very good this year, and this is a lions backline who will have spent little to no time together.

  2. Agreed, I think it comes down to how the backline gel. Toomua has been impressive this year, so definitely a step up for Hogg at 10. I guess twelvetrees can slot into 10 to help him out if need be. The Brumbies back 3 are pretty strong too so our brand new back 3 will have to be on there toes.

    The Lions backline must weigh about half of what it normally does, so will be interesting to see what tactics they use in attack

    1. I see where you are coming from, but I think the option they have gone for is better.

      Hogg has been with the squad the entire time, so he knows all the moves and the gameplan very well. Plus he has played 10 for the lions already (albeit against a significantly weaker opponent).

      Also the 12Ts-Barritt pairing at 12 and 13 for the lions may be new, but they have worked together before so will have a certain level of familiarity.

  3. This could be a loss for the lions. Such an experimental and relatively weak team against the best team in Australia and the team that has been at the top of super rugby standings for a lot of the year. This is dangerous gats, hope you know what you’re doing.

    Not to mention they aren’t as depleted as the reds and NSW… Oh dear.

  4. On the point that Williams is the antithesis of a Gatland winger – Gats picked Williams every single time he was fit and also unsuccessfully tried to persuade him to delay retirement by a year. Gats picks the best wingers who, at the moment, happen to be the giants in Wales. I can’t think of a single winger in Wales better than Cuthbert or North right now (or in the world in the case of North…) – lots of exciting prospects (Robinson, Walker, etc.) but he’s not just picking the big lumps at the expense of all else, he’s picking the best wingers.

    I’m very excited at the prospect of seeing a little of the old Shane magic. Turns a traditional dead test (all the fuss about weak 2nd strings is daft, we always play the 2nd string in this test) into something a little more exciting, especially with guys like 12Ts getting their one and only shot to show the rest of us (i.e. those of us outside England) what all the fuss is about. I’m looking forward to it.

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