Rugby Union Six Nations: 4 More Players That Should Go On 2013 Lions Tour

Ireland If we discount their opening weekend win against Wales the Irish are having a pretty torrid Six Nations campaign so far. They should have easily beaten Scotland as they had 75% possession and territory but could not do so due to one inexperienced kicker (Paddy Jackson) and another who is too old (Ronan O'Gara).

Brian O'Driscoll (Centre)

Brian O'Driscoll I may be shooting myself in the foot by selecting another centre but after Ireland's last performance it is difficult to pick a standout player. Therefore, it may be easiest to acknowledge a player that will most likely be going on tour with the Lions regardless of how Ireland play. As long as he remains on fit and on form it would be a mistake not to give O'Driscoll his last hurrah as an international player. This will be his fourth successive Lions tour and all we need to do is look at his stats to see why he should be considered: 123 Caps for Ireland (83 as Captain), 46 tries for Ireland and the highest try scorer in the history of the Six Nations. He was also voted player of the Six Nations in 2006, 2007 and 2009; he was also nominated as IRB Player of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2009. The biggest question about O'Driscoll is of course his fitness. He was selected to go on the 2005 Lions tour but was brutally injured by New Zealand tackling. He missed the entire 2012 Six Nations due to injury and was injured in the run-up to the 2013 Championship. He seems to be on form at the moment even if the rest of the Irish team isn't but for how long will this last?


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