Lions team to play the Chiefs

Here is the Lions side to take on the Chiefs, in the final match before the first Test.

British & Irish Lions (v Chiefs, Tuesday June 20, FMG Stadium, Waikato, 7.35pm NZST/8.35am BST)
15. Liam Williams – Scarlets, Wales, #833
14. Jack Nowell – Exeter Chiefs, England, #828
13. Jared Payne – Ulster, Ireland, #830
12. Robbie Henshaw – Leinster, Ireland, #824
11. Elliot Daly – Wasps, England, #822
10. Dan Biggar – Ospreys, Wales, #821
9. Greig Laidlaw – Gloucester, Scotland, #810
1. Joe Marler – Harlequins, England, #811
2. Rory Best (c) – Ulster, Ireland, #793
3. Dan Cole – Leicester Tigers, England, #794
4. Iain Henderson – Ulster, Ireland, #808
5. Courtney Lawes – Northampton Saints, England, #826
6. James Haskell – Wasps, England, #823
7. Justin Tipuric – Ospreys, Wales, #786
8. CJ Stander – Munster, Ireland, #831

Replacements:
16. Kristian Dacey – Cardiff Blues, Wales
17. Allan Dell – Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland
18. Tomas Francis – Exeter Chiefs, Wales
19. Cory Hill – Newport Gwent Dragons, Wales
20. Alun Wyn Jones – Ospreys, Wales, #761
21. Gareth Davies – Scarlets, Wales
22. Finn Russell – Glasgow Warriors, Scotland
23. Tommy Seymour – Glasgow Warriors, Scotland, #813

What does this tell you about Test selection for Saturday?

21 thoughts on “Lions team to play the Chiefs

  1. You can virtually pick the test team now. Unfortunately it looks as if Warburton is in the 23 despite being well short of his best. Third second row spot apparently undecided, Sinkler has made the squad in front of Cole. At least four of the bench have no right to be there and are depriving better players of the opportunity to come into last minute contention. A real shame to see Daly in the dirt trackers while North, who is nowhere near form seems likely to play on Saturday.

      1. Didn’t say he should be Big Dia. Sinkler has been excellent and would be my pick, but Cole is maybe a bit more solid in the tight and I thought there was a chance that Gatland might go for that if it looked like being very wet. Dacey, Dell, Hill and Francis are the four who are not there on merit, although to be honest I wouldn’t have had AWJ on the tour. A great hearted player who always tries his guts out but too many miles on the clock and half a yard off the pace at top level.

        1. Thanks for that Andy, though you were second guessing GL and was bemoaning the Bench for the 1st test. Agree about the four you have name as not being there on merit.

  2. Agree with Andy here. It looks as though Warbs, North and probably Wyn Jones will make the test 23 which in itself is a travesty, but the bench here is what really stinks. Aside from Russell and Seymour (only if he comes on with Russell!!) I can’t see anyone making a difference. In my opinion these two coupled with Wyn Jones (although I wouldn’t have picked him either) are the only players on that bench who deserve a spot on the tour.

  3. Err, why not leave it up to Gatland about his best test team ? he is the guy who is working with the Squad every day & he is the guy who has won multiple trophies over the years with various teams, I would think he is much more qualified than ANYONE posting here about team selection & I would also think he has more to lose than anyone if ( when ? ) the test series is lost. The final 23 has not been announced yet & you guys are using words like ‘unfortuanately’ & ‘travesty’ how about letting the selection team do their job & supporting them ?, no doubt he is not going to please everyone ( impossible job ) but he wants to win this series more than anyone I would think, no doubt if the first test is lost there will be plenty of ‘I told you so’s’ on here ……

    1. Possibly because there is a distinct perception of a pro-Welsh bias in Gatland’ s selection among English Scots and Irish supporters and because by bringing in players who have not earned their place he has totally undermined the principle of selection on merit that has been in place since the Lions were formed in 1910 Stesco.

    2. Stesco
      Good ?’s. Much subjectivity contained in others ?’s. What does Gatland see in the lamentable AWJ & Warburton? Why did he make the latter captain. Does he want to lose? Perhaps he sees exp, the tried & tested in guys whom won’t fold under pressure as apposed to the relatively inexp, certainly @ Lions, level young guns? Non quite so sure abt Gat’s record, esp v SH, however.

      1. ? what does Gatland see in Cory Hill that makes him better than Launchbury, Gray, Toner or Toolis
        ? What does Gatland see in Dacey that makes him better than Hartley, Brown or Cronin
        ? What does Gatland see in Francis that he doesn’t see the Nel, Ryan, Fagerson

        Answer: they are Welsh.
        All integrity is shot to hell and the fans are rightly pissed off

  4. As a passionate Welsh man and avid Rugby fan, I am irked by Gatland’s call up of certain ‘Welsh’ players to the Lions squad. But I was also somewhat mystified but some of the selections made in the original 41 squad, eg, wound’t have Liam Williams, gifted player, anywhere near the squad as he is more likely to lose you a match than win it.. We as, using my son’s terminology, ‘keyboard coaches’ blog our opinions and dissatisfaction with select and management of a squad. However if Gatland’s master plan works by being able to rest as many of his 1st team choices and achieve a series win in New Zealand I for one will be a Very, Very happy NH rugby fan.

    Put the knives away for now.

  5. Stesco and Big Dia,

    On a Lions’ tour we are all supposed to it away national allegiances and co-operate.

    On a message board, however, nationalist bigotry is able to flourish!

  6. I thought the whole point of this blog was for keyboard coaches to give their views and opinions, and it would be a rather boring and pointless blog without them – good or bad?

  7. There you go, AWJ & Warburton ‘ lamentable !! I give up, the anti Welsh bias on here is getting as bad as the Telegraph, personally I don’t care who he picks, 10 English & 5 Irish would be fine if it gets the job done, it just amazes me that ‘armchair coaches’ seem to think they know better than an International selection team. Thats my last say on the subject, looking forward to tomorrows game ….

    1. I think Don P is a Kiwi Stesco. He is certainly a master of the wind-up. Totally agree with Trio. There would not be much point to this blog if everyone had the same opinion and to me it is no different to a bit of banter with friends in the pub, several of whom are Welsh and suffer from monocular vision.

      1. I was reffing to others’ referrals to AWJ & Warburton as ‘lamentable’ Andy. Personally I think both ought to play v NZ (not least due to their exp), although understandable to a degree in latter’s case in not his doing so due to ?’s about his full fitness – although he is on the bench.

  8. I missed the Hurricanes v Lions game, nothing in it at the end, just managed to catch the highlights on the news plus a bit about the ongoing derision of Warren Gatland at the hands of that silly little group known as the NZ media.
    Is all this beat up thats going on a bit OTT?

    Well yes, I have to say so when it reaches a low blow level of having to caricature Warren as a clown, surely this is far from the sporting and fair nature by which most of us believe this whole competition revolves.

    Warren is an achiever who heads this tours coaching role on merit.

    He has had the ability to mold a team together from all four home nations in a fairly short space of time and come up with what is without doubt the best Lions team we have seen in a long time, equal in no short measure and in a number of respects to the All Blacks themselves.

    I would say the Lions try in the first test, being run through the All Blacks lines will go down as the best try of the Tournament.

    So yes, I believe he deserves the full support while this tour continues, of all Lions supporters alike and maybe a little more respect wouldn’t go a miss from the kiwi’s, after all he is a kiwi.

    As for the silly little small minded individual that posted the caricature of Warren in the NZ Herald, I feel it would be only fair, fitting and sporting that after the Haka and before the kick off of this weekends 2nd test match that the journalist in question spends a good five minutes receiving a bit of a kicking about at the bottom of the Lions scrum, with Warren cheering them on!

    Who would be the clown then?

    Go Warren! Go the Lions!

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