Before the Highlanders ………. Lions Tour 13 June 2017

Lions: Payne; Nowell; Joseph, Henshaw; Seymour; Biggar, Webb; Marler, Best, Sinckler; Lawes, Henderson; Haskell, Warburton (captain), Stander.

Replacements: Owens, McGrath, Cole, Jones, Tipuric, Laidlaw, Farrell, Daly.

I think that this team selection is fine and has been chosen to ensure the players aren’t tired and didn’t play at the weekend so it makes it quite restrictive. Looking forward to it hugely as ever and I’m pleased that Haskell has been picked as he played for the Highlanders for a season in Super Rugby a few years ago, as well as Stade Francais and the Rams in Japan.

As for winning 50:50 I reckon, could be close.

It will be really interesting to see how Henshaw and Joseph go together in the centre as they need to spark and be a creative influence.

Webb needs to vastly improve his kicking to give our chasers a chance. Conor Murray did that superbly against the Crusaders.

Nowell and Seymour need to have bigger and better games than their last efforts and it will be interesting to see how the captain gets on with his injury. Seems like OBrien is waiting in the wings if he’s not fit but I wouldn’t discount Tupiric at all as he’s been playing exceptionally well.

My first try prediction : C J S
My Mom prediction : C J S

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