Shane Williams: Strongest British & Irish Lions squad in my lifetime


Former Wales and British & Irish Lions wing Shane Williams believes Warren Gatland’s workforce have sufficient to beat the Springboks within the upcoming Take a look at collection.

Each groups have named their squads for the collection, which will get underneath method in July, with the Springboks saying an prolonged 46-man contingent, together with gamers that may do responsibility for the South Africa A aspect.

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The Lions’ 37-man squad will assemble in Jersey for his or her coaching camp and face Japan in a warm-up match in Edinburgh on 26 June, earlier than flying out to South Africa.

The Springboks, in the meantime, tackle Georgia in a two-match collection.

Talking to the BBC, Williams, who toured with the Lions in 2005, 2009 and 2013, backed Gatland’s squad to beat the Boks.

‘I believe the Lions have a robust sufficient squad to beat South Africa,’ Williams mentioned. ‘They’ve gamers with confidence and I believe the boys will do the enterprise.

‘South Africa are the world champions and have a few of the finest gamers on the planet on that workforce and it’s all in regards to the match-ups as properly.

‘It’s most likely the strongest Lions squad in my lifetime. You’ve got championship winners and gamers doing properly for membership and nation, with some actual expertise blended with younger expertise.

‘The match-ups are implausible, however I do suppose the Lions have them individually. Solely time will inform and the Lions gamers should play midweek video games and show to Gatland they’re up for the job.’

Williams missed out on the primary two Assessments towards the Springboks when the Lions final toured South Africa in 2009, however put in a man-of- the-match efficiency to assist the Lions win the third Take a look at.

He mentioned that recollections of the 2-1 collection defeat will spur Gatland on, as he was the forwards coach of that workforce.

‘I used to be on the 2009 tour and it was the one which obtained away,’ Williams added. ‘It might need been 12 years in the past, however will probably be the identical for Gats and he shall be decided to go there and do the enterprise.’

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