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Re: Irish Lions

Post by Hans Indaruck » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:12 pm

If Gatland leans any way it will be towards the Welsh - but with so many injuries there even he will be hard pushed to justify some selections. To be fair he generally has been a 'pick 'em on form' person - he has already mentioned Gilroy as coming under his radar. The key aspect the selection pool will be injuries picked up in the 6N for some and the recovery of injuries with enough quality game time for others.

I hate to say it but Engerland has probably suffered less on the injury front than the other 3 home nations - prepare to see quite a few players who wear the red rose in the selection pool (note I avoided saying Englishmen as that would narrow the pool too much!!).
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Re: Irish Lions

Post by breakdown » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:32 pm

Boutye wrote:I know I would be a fan of angry Tom, I'm also aware that he needs to be playing for Ireland first but imho he is probably the best loose head in the British isles at the minute, when are players going to be picked on form? And not on whose Christmas card list they are on!
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Re: Irish Lions

Post by Nightsoil » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:25 am

Deckard wrote:Here's an interesting thought - imagine that Ireland are rubbish again in this 6N, Kidney keeps on picking his buddies etc - I can imagine Gatland quite relishing the idea of picking a couple of Ireland's performing players, rather than the ones whose names are written in lilac and underlined in Deccie's address book. So if Ulster continue to tear up trees, and for example win the HEC, then a few of our lads might make the trip anyway! Win-win - we keep them as far away from Kidney as possible, he'll look like a bell-end, and they get the recognition they deserve, what's not to like :cheers:
Would be far from the first time the Lions have gone for a few players not involved in the international scene. Really not inconceivable that we end up with more players for the Lions than we do for Ireland should we do the business in the HEC.

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Re: Irish Lions

Post by rumncoke » Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:39 am

The Lions have always taken one or two young exciting non Internationals by exciting I mean pace ball playing players.

Who get a mid week game were the opposition may not be the strongest and after the win is assured the team try to entertain.


Unfortunately with the short tour and professional teams such games are now rare.
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Re: Irish Lions

Post by Russ » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:22 pm

Game 1 is now over

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Re: Irish Lions

Post by shamalicious » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:24 pm

BOD and Rory certainly in contention.
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Re: Irish Lions

Post by Jackie Brown » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:29 pm

shamalicious wrote:BOD and Rory certainly in contention.
I'd put Zebo in there too! :shock:
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Re: Irish Lions

Post by shamalicious » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:31 pm

He was very good today.
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Re: Irish Lions

Post by ruckover » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:42 pm

Best, Ross, O'Brien, O'Driscoll, Zebo.
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Re: Irish Lions

Post by Jackie Brown » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:43 pm

Not Irish but the Scottish backrow are looking good.
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Re: Irish Lions

Post by scrum5 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:37 pm

Purely on both games today it should be Cian Healy, Rory Best, SOB, Simon Zebo and Rob Kearney..... :duck:
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Re: Irish Lions

Post by Snipe Watson » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:11 am

ruckover wrote:Best, Ross, O'Brien, O'Driscoll, Zebo.
Ross is no Lion. Cole, Wilson and particularly Jones are all way ahead of Ross.

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Re: Irish Lions

Post by rocky » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:48 am

Kearney was totally outplayed by threepence ha'penny.
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Post by Rooster » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:21 am

rocky wrote:Kearney was totally outplayed by threepence ha'penny.
No surprise there then, Kearney is as over rated as Heaslip !
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Re: Irish Lions

Post by Rooster » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:22 am

Chris Henry for a wildcard back row
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