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Old 05 May 2013, 16:26   #1
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2013 British &Irish Lions

Paul Wallace - my Lions starting XV - Telegraph

A green tinge to the "slab of red meat".
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Old 20 June 2013, 17:36   #2
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I was not convinced with the squad selection right from the start. The Welsh demolition of England at the end of the 6N was a great result for Wales, but possibly not so good for the Lions. The result gave Gatland license to flood the squad with Welsh players who played a blinder for one game, let's not forget that Wales lost to Ireland and only snuk past Scotland in the 6N.
Pre-selecting Warburton as Skipper may also now be presenting headaches. Many of the Welsh contingent are playing World class rugby and well deserving of their places, some maybe notso.
I'm not convinced by Cuthbert or Tupuric so far and I'm not a great fan of Phillips. Phillips is a big lump who looks good going forward, but he aint the smartest or the deftest when a bit more than bashing forward is required.

I hope that I'll be told to shove this post come full time on Sat.

I do wonder how this squad may've looked if it had been picked the week after England's ramming of the ABs back in Dec.?
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I feel I cannot contribute at present as I am still stunned by the selection which in my opinion is flawed for many reasons some mentioned by 'my good friend' Mollers.

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I agree with Mollers (did I just type that?) on Cuthbert and to a degree on Phillips, but not on Tipuric. Phillips has great physical presence and adds the 'extra back row' dimension to the team. Tipuric has had a couple of 'quieter' Lions appearances, but can really turn the wick up, when needed. Unfortunately for him, his style of play is very similar to Warburton's.

Can't wait for Saturday!
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I saw a Lions fan saying the Wallabies are playing Justin Bieber at fly half

According to windguru, the rain should have passed which makes for a highly entertaining prospect. There is some huge talent on the pitch and I hope the occasion doesn't overcome the spectacle.

Deans is looking to have his contract extended (please, no ) and I would have liked him to really roll the dice by playing Kurtley Beale, the electric eel, at fly half and move O'Connor to full back. If the Wallaby scrum can get them any good ball, with Folau and Ioane on the wings it could be a tear up. (Ioane - how do you have a name with 4 vowels and only one consonant ? Love him as a player though)

I've got some Estonians coming over who want to drink vodka all afternoon - apparently it's some celebration this weekend - so I'm gonna need the record button, or it's all going to disappear into a haze !
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The face on the bloody lion!
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Kick off!! My money's on the Wallabys. Of course I'm a little bias. Enjoy the game?
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The English players (North and Warburton) are going well.

Genia v Phillips.

Halfpenny is just a machine, awesome.

Liking little Tommy Youngs.

Really could go either way.
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A win by injury is a hollow victory. Shame.
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