Thursday is D-Day for many Lions hopefuls – Warren Gatland will announce his 36-man squad will face South Africa this summer. This will mark the end of a process that began when the Kiwi began its reconnaissance mission last summer.
But despite the meticulous planning that will have been required to finalize the 36, some fans will not be happy with some of Gatland’s picks, it is still difficult to please fans in the four home countries.
There will certainly be several close calls and, depending on your philosophy and your rugby allegiances, many contentious choices. So who would you take on the plane to take on World Champion Springboks?
Only three half-flies will get the nod – so which playmaker would you want to return to orchestrate a series’ success? Which of Dan Biggar, Finn Russell, Johnny Sexton, Owen Farrell and George Ford would you leave at home? Or could the Harlequins’ Marcus Smith sneak onto the plane as a bolter?
Who would you put your hopes on to lead the fight to the hosts up front? Would Joe Marler be on your squad, even if he didn’t play in the Six Nations? Do you want to take Scottish duo Rory Sutherland and Zander Fagerson to the front row?
And who would you support to lead your Lions pride? Would Alun Wyn Jones get the captain’s job for the second time or do you think Maro Itoje, for many Test starters, should get the honor?
There are at least sixty players who would be part of a Lions team, but only 36 places up for grabs. So tell us who you think Gatland should take on the plane to take part in one of rugby’s biggest tours.
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