British and Irish Lions 2009
Seems not that much comment has been made about the B&I Lions rugby squad to tour South Africa this summer being announced earlier this afternoon. I might as well do the whole “my opinion matters” bit and offer some comment.
So the squad is as follows, with Paul o’Connell the 8th Irishman to captain the Lions and Ian mcGeechan to coach:
Full-backs: Lee Byrne (Wales), Rob Kearney (Ireland).
Wings: Shane Williams (Wales), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Ugo Moyne (England), Luke Fitzgerald (Ireland), Tommy Bowe (Ireland).
Centres: Tom Shanklin (Wales), Jamie Roberts (Wales), Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland), Keith Earls (Ireland), Riki Flutey (England).
Fly-halfs: Ronan O’Gara (Ireland), Stephen Jones (Wales).
Scrum-halfs: Mike Phillips (Wales), Harry Ellis (England), Tomas O’Leary (Ireland).
No8s: Jamie Heaslip (Ireland), Andy Powell (Wales).
Flankers: David Wallace (Ireland), Stephen Ferris (Ireland), Alan Quinlan (Ireland), Joe Worsley (England), Martyn Williams (Wales).
Locks: Alun-Wyn Jones (Wales), Paul O’Connell (Ireland, capt), Donncha O’Callaghan (Ireland), Simon Shaw (England), Nathan Hines (Scotland).
Props: Gethin Jenkins (Wales), Adam Jones (Wales), Andrew Sheridan (England), Phil Vickery (England), Euan Murray (Scotland).
Hookers: Jerry Flannery (Ireland), Lee Mears (England), Matthew Rees (Wales).
Comment will follow in next post