Lions Pride, third draft!

Lions Pride, third draft!

The second draft for my squad prediction can be found here -http://www.rugbyunited.org.uk/content/lions-pride-second-draft.

So with just 1 game left (England vs Australia) of the various autumn series, it's time to update my Lions prediction, and I'll be very honest with you, there isn't many changes apart from replacing those that are currently injured. As ever, I'm selecting like the tour starts tomorrow, so please don't moan at me that I've not selected someone not currently playing!!!

The previous squad is in normal font, any changes will be marked with a strikethrough and the newbies will be in bold! 

Full Backs

Stuart Hogg - Scotland .

Liam Williams - Wales

Rob Kearney - Ireland  Mike Brown - England - Nothing Kearney has done wrong, but Brown seems to be returning to his best international form after a patchy spell, he's fantastic at making breaks, but needs more awareness of players surrounding him when he makes the yards

Wings

George North - Wales 

Anthony Watson - England Jonny May - England - Only 4 matches back from injury and has scored in every game he's appeared in so far. Amazing workrate in the 14 man effort against Argentina, although his scrummaging technique needs a bit of work!!! ;)

Tommy Seymour - Scotland 

Andrew Trimble - Ireland Keith Earls - Ireland - Another (Trimble) that hasn't done anything wrong, but Earls is capable of covering in the centres and that flexibility may be needed in New Zealand

Jack Nowell - England  Sean Maitland - Scotland - Physically bigger than most of the wing choices, which may be needed with Savea et al opposing him, but also has found some decent form since his move to Saracens.

Centres

Jamie Roberts - Wales 

Jonathan Davies - Wales 

Jonathan Joseph - England 

Robbie Henshaw - Ireland 

I'm going to throw a curveball addition in here, it's my squad, I'm allowed....

Garry Ringrose - Ireland - The heir apparent to Brian O'Driscoll. Has had some incredible performances that belie his young age. I'm not saying I'd start him for the Lions, but I'd have him on the plane as a learning curve, for sure.

Fly halves

Dan Biggar - Wales 

Johnny Sexton - Ireland 

Owen Farrell - England  

Scrum Half

Connor Murray - Ireland 

Rhys Webb - Wales  Ben Youngs - England - Another untimely injury for Webb opens the door for Youngs who has been pretty good for England throughout 2016

Greig Laidlaw - Scotland 

Props

Jack Mcgrath - Ireland 

Rob Evans - Wales  Kyle Sinckler - England - Another wild card, has looked very good when coming on as replacement, a hard edged, big scrummaging and deceptively quick prop, with some of the frontrunners injured, may get a shot. 

WP Nel - Scotland Yep, I know he's been injured, but he's staying put. 

Samson Lee - Wales  Tadhg Furlong - Ireland - A breakthrough autumn for Tadhg, many are already calling for him to be a Lions starter. SStrong scrummager, a bull in the loose, may well have a seat reserved already.

Dan Cole - England 

Hookers

Dylan Hartley - England 

Rory Best - Ireland 

Ross Ford - Scotland 

Locks

Alun Wyn Jones - Wales

Maro Itoje - England - Another injured player I'm not ommitting. If Maro is fit, he flies. Simple.

George Kruis - England

Richie Gray - Scotland 

Johnny Gray - Scotland 

Courtney Lawes - England

Flankers

Sam Warburton - Wales Justin Tipuric - Wales - I highly doubt that Gats will leave Sam out of the squad, however, I will. For me, Tipuric has been a huge bright spot for Wales, especially over a slightly underwhelming Autumn series.

John Hardie - Scotland 

Ross Moriarty - Wales 

CJ Stander - Ireland - Definitely been the in form South African in Europe this Autumn, I'd imagine they'd love to have him available for them right now

Chris Robshaw - England 

James Haskell - England  There's been a few back row injuries so far so I'm going to sit Hask out and call in Josh Van Der Flier of Ireland, although equally, I could have called on Tom Wood, but as I've had a few wild cards, JVDF can get one as well, he seems to improve every match, and is fast becoming a favourite with the Irish fans.

Number 8

Billy Vunipola - England 

Jamie Heaslip - Ireland 

Taulupe Faletau - Wales 

So my 40 man squad has grown to 42, but Nel and Itoje would be unavailable if the tour was starting right now, so I'm claiming it's a 40 man squad!!!

Of course, there's still the small matter of the 6 Nations to go and some players likely to come in or out of form or fitness, so it's far from my final choice, and I just thank the lord that I'm only doing this on the blog and I don't have to do it in real life!!!