Williams backs Lions win in South Africa


Former Wales and British and Irish Lions wing Shane Williams believes Warren Gatland’s 2021 vacationers will defeat world champions South Africa.

Either side have named their squads after Springboks revealed their prolonged social gathering for the three-Check tour in July and August.

“I believe the Lions have a powerful sufficient squad to beat South Africa,” mentioned Williams.

“They’ve gamers with confidence and I believe the boys will do the enterprise.”

The Lions will get collectively for coaching in Jersey earlier than a gap match in opposition to Japan at Murrayfield on 26 June. The 37-man social gathering will then fly out for eight video games in South Africa, together with the Check sequence which begins on 24 July and finishes on 7 August.

“They’re two very sturdy squads,” added Williams.

“South Africa are the world champions and have some one of the best gamers on the planet on that workforce and it is all concerning the match-ups as properly.

“It’s in all probability the strongest Lions squad in my lifetime. You’ve gotten championship winners and gamers doing properly for membership and nation with some actual expertise blended with younger expertise.

“The match-ups are improbable, however I do assume 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 additionally believes previous historical past will assist inspire Gatland after the 2-1 sequence defeat on the 2009 tour 12 years in the past when the New Zealander was the forwards coach.

“I used to be on the 2009 tour and it was the one which bought away,” mentioned Williams.

“It might need been 12 years in the past, however it will likely be the identical for Gats and he shall be decided to go there and do the enterprise.”

Williams believes the power to deal with being in a bubble for nearly two months shall be essential.

“I’ve been in conditions the place you need to keep in accommodations for a very long time and that is tough sufficient, so I really feel for the lads,” mentioned Williams.

“They’re in all probability used to it by now as a result of they’ve been concerned in a season in that atmosphere.

“The Lions tour was all concerning the followers and the camaraderie between gamers and supporters and they aren’t going to get that have.

“These boys know they’ve a job to do and the entire function is to win these three Assessments.

“It is among the hardest locations to play rugby in opposition to the world champions. They are going to be targeted and prepared.”


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