Thoughts on Lions XV for Second Test

The Lions XV for the Second Test with South Africa will be announced at lunchtime today, and speculation about potential changes has been rife.

It’s almost inevitable that the front row will be different, with Adam Jones replacing Phil Vickery and Matthew Rees coming in for Lee Mears.

The second row may need some more ballast, but dropping Alun Wyn Jones seems so unfair that Paul O’Connell could be dropped – removing your captain seems like too drastic a step for me, so Simon Shaw could come in for Jones.

In the back row, Jamie Heaslip wasn’t hugely effective, but I would stick with him. I would also stick with David Wallace, but prepared to bring on Martyn Williams if the openside isn’t securing the breakdown.

Everyone else I would leave untouched, with Hook on the bench to come on if we go behind. What do you think?

15. Byrne
14. Bowe
13. O’Driscoll
12. Roberts
11. Monye
10. Jones
9. Phillips
8. Heaslip
7. Wallace
6. Croft
5. Shaw
4. O’Connell
3. Jones
2. Rees
1. Jenkins

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  1. No problems with the selection (though the disappearance of Vickery, Mears, and Monye raises serious questions about the original selection) – shame that Hines got himself excluded (have any Bokke been cited – re “secondary” tackles on Hook, Darcy and O’Gara?) – or is citing reserved for Lions?

    Altitude is likely to play a part, so Shaw does concern me.

    If we achieve anything like forward parity, which shall be even more difficult, with the Burger King back (where is Ferris when we need him?), then we shall win.

    Some queries about the bench, esp. S Williams – I have clear memories about the NZ tour, when I was reminded of the “Life on Earth” shots of a grampus toying with a seal, prior to dinner. Also, I agree with other comments re ROG – more of the same, when Hook would offer something slightly different.

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