Former England captain Chris Robshaw has picked his British and Irish Lions XV – with some shocking inclusions.
Wales scrum-half Kieran Hardy is his choice at 9, regardless of the teen making only one begin within the Six Nations, whereas Taulupe Faletau is shifted to blindside flanker to accommodate Exeter No. 8 Sam Simmonds.
Joe Marler can also be picked at loosehead prop, regardless that he was not concerned within the Six Nations, whereas Scotland maverick Finn Russell will get the nod at fly-half, with Owen Farrell shifted to 12.
Hardy and Faletau aren’t the one Welsh inclusions, with captain Alun Wyn Jones, Louis Rees-Zammit and Liam Williams additionally chosen.
Explaining his choices on the RugbyPass Offload podcast alongside Christina Mahon and Jamie Roberts , Robshaw stated: “One I’m undecided with, I’m going to go Alun Wyn Jones at 5.
“I’m going to make him captain as effectively. The way in which he led Wales within the Six Nations, the video games he’s performed, the chief he’s.”
He continues: “Faletau at six. Large provider, good the lineout. I’m going Tom Curry at seven. He’s England’s finest participant in the meanwhile and doubtlessly the primary title on England’s staff sheet.”
Of the choice to maneuver Faletau from his No.8 spot, Robshaw explains: “That is the place I’m going to herald Sam Simmonds. On a tough pitch down in South Africa. That’ll go well with him.
“9 I used to be a bit of bit uncertain however I’m going to go along with the Welsh lad Hardy. The sport in opposition to England he was fairly good.
“Finn Russell at 10. The participant he’s and the stuff he can do is fairly particular.
“I’m going to go Rees-Zammit on the wing. Harmful, fast, scores tries.”
Overlooking Stuart Hogg at full-back, Robshaw explains: “I’ve all the time appreciated Liam Williams. He’s aggressive, he’s robust, he’s abrasive the way in which he performs, however most significantly he’s composed below a excessive ball.”
Robshaw gained 66 caps for his nation, however by no means obtained to expertise a Lions tour – lacking out on choice in 2013 regardless of being the England skipper on the time.
CHRIS ROBSHAW’S LIONS XV: Liam Williams; Anthony Watson, Robbie Henshaw, Owen Farrell, Louis Rees-Zammit; Finn Russell, Kieran Hardy; Joe Marler, Jamie George, Tadhg Furlong, Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Taulupe Faletau, Tom Curry, Sam Simmonds.