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PostSubject: Lions Squad Named   Lions Squad Named Icon_minitimeWed Apr 22, 2009 12:33 am

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/2353208/O-Connell-leads-Lions-Flutey-in

Ireland lock Paul O'Connell was named captain of the British and Irish Lions when coach Ian McGeechan announced his squad to tour South Africa next month.

The squad includes New Zealand's Ricki Flutey, the former Wellington and Hurricanes utility who has broken into the England team at No 12.

There had been widespread speculation that O'Connell, the flinty 29-year-old from Munster, had been picked ahead of Ireland's grand slam-winning captain Brian O'Driscoll and his selection was confirmed at a Heathrow hotel news conference.

O'Connell has 62 Ireland caps and three for the Lions, having played in all three tests of the 3-0 defeat in New Zealand in 2005.

He has helped Ireland to three triple crowns, occasionally stepping in as skipper, was the bedrock of the team that this year won their first Six Nations grand slam since 1948, and has won the Heineken Cup twice with Munster, captaining them to their 2008 success.

O'Connell is the 10th Irishman to skipper the combined team and the second in a row after O'Driscoll's ill-fated stint in 2005 when he was injured in the first minute of the opening test in New Zealand and missed the rest of the series.

The 10-match tour begins on May 30 against a Highveld XV in Rustenburg.

The first test is in Durban on June 20, the second in Pretoria on June 27 and the third in Johannesburg on July 4.

The full squad:

Backs: Lee Byrne (Wales), Rob Kearney (Ireland), Shane Williams (Wales), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Ugo Monye (England), Luke Fitzgerald (Ireland), Tommy Bowe (Ireland), Tom Shanklin (Wales), Jamie Roberts (Wales), Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland), Keith Earls (Ireland), Riki Flutey (England), Ronan O'Gara (Ireland), Stephen Jones (Wales), Mike Phillips (Wales), Harry Ellis (England), Tomas O'Leary (Ireland).

Forwards: Jamie Heaslip (Ireland), Andy Powell (Wales), David Wallace (Ireland), Stephen Ferris (Ireland), Alan Quinlan (Ireland), Joe Worsley (England), Martyn Williams (Wales), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Paul O'Connell (Ireland) (captain), Donncha O'Callaghan (Ireland), Simon Shaw (England), Nathan Hines (Scotland), Gethin Jenkins (Wales), Adam Jones (Wales), Andrew Sheridan (England), Phil Vickery (England), Euan Murray (Scotland), Jerry Flannery (Ireland), Lee Mears (England), Matthew Rees (Wales).
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PostSubject: Re: Lions Squad Named   Lions Squad Named Icon_minitimeWed Apr 22, 2009 12:34 am

Shocked that Ryan Jones didn't make the squad - is he injured?
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PostSubject: Re: Lions Squad Named   Lions Squad Named Icon_minitimeWed Apr 22, 2009 3:57 am

How did Ricky Flutey make it?? He was a bench player if anything in NZ, and makes the Lions team? They must really need players lol. I would have made O'Driscoll captain, maybe there going to use him as there strike player. Will be good to watch tho. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Lions Squad Named   Lions Squad Named Icon_minitimeWed Apr 22, 2009 4:26 am

With all respect he's played well over there - but it really does show the standard they're working with...
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PostSubject: Re: Lions Squad Named   Lions Squad Named Icon_minitimeWed Apr 22, 2009 4:36 am

With riki flutey it just shows how much better southern hemisphere rugby is!
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PostSubject: Re: Lions Squad Named   Lions Squad Named Icon_minitimeWed Apr 22, 2009 9:05 am

Best team ?

1. Andrew Sheriden
2. Matthew Rees
3. Phil Vickey
4. Simon Shaw
5. Paul O'Connell (C)
6. Alan Quinlan
7. David Wallace
8. Andy Powell
9. Mike Philips
10. Ronan O'Gara
11. Shane Williams
12. Ricky Flutey
13. Brian O'Driscoll
14. Ugo Monye
15. Lee Byrne

??
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PostSubject: Re: Lions Squad Named   Lions Squad Named Icon_minitimeWed Apr 22, 2009 10:12 am

I cant quite get over Flutey being selected. Its a damning indictment on the quality of their game if someone who was barely a starting S14 player is now good enough to play for what they regard as their elite.

On paper I'd say SA to blitz them 3 zip. Head to head there is just no comparison at any level apart from the front row in my opinion.

If Jake White was still coaching I'd put the house on it, but I'm not so sure about De Villiers and how he'll cope with what will be the biggest rugby event in SA since the 95 WC.
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PostSubject: Re: Lions Squad Named   Lions Squad Named Icon_minitimeWed Apr 22, 2009 12:01 pm

Agree 40/20 - de Villiers could well blow this one. Their showing in the S14 has proven the pedigree of their players, plus the fact that they have at least 2 top quality players in EVERY position! Even NZ doesn't have that at the moment (Aus don't even have 1 top drawer player in every position yet, but lets not go there Razz).

1. ? (forget the guy's name)
2. Smit / du Plessis
3. Mtawira (probably spelt wrong)
4. Botha
5. Matfield
6. Burger
7. Smith
8. Spies
9. du Preez
10. Pienaar / Pretorious
11. Pieterson
12. de Villiers
13. Fourie
14. Habana
15. Steyn

No contest man-to-man.
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