Rugby Union Six Nations: 8 Players Who Should Make 2013 Lions Squad

Warren Gatland Every four years or so the national rugby teams of the British Isles get together to take part in a British and Irish Lions tour to one of the Southern Hemisphere giants. The Lions have not won a tour since 1997 but this year they are against a team they have a very good record against - Australia. As always with the Lions the debate rages to whom should be selected and which nations should have the most players on the tour. In 2005 Clive Woodward was selected as head coach and he selected a team made up of aging English players. The tour against South Africa in 2009 saw more of a balance with fifteen Welsh, thirteen Irish, ten English and four Scots selected, yet the Lions were unable to draw the tour due to stupid errors and mistakes (such as letting Ronan O'Gara on to the pitch..). The 2013 Lions will be selected and coached by Warren Gatland, which suggests that there may be a big Welsh contingent but on current form it is difficult to predict who may or may not reach the Lions. The aim of this article and articles in the following weeks is to pick a player from each of the four home nations that have impressed throughout the Six Nations. In other words, players may have impressed before the Six Nations tournament but may not be included within these predictions/selections as they have had a dip in form or were injured whilst these games were being played. For this article, rounds 1 & 2 of the Six Nations have been put together; so two players from each team will be chosen. By the end by the end of March we should have 20 players selected (5 from each home nation) which could be similar to the team selected for the first Lions test. For convenience the four Home Nations teams will be run through in alphabetical order, starting with England...
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